Merv Griffin dies at 82

My condolences to the Griffin family, but this post isn’t really about Mr. Griffin.

It’s about editing.  Proofreading.  Sure, I make a lot of typos  here on my blog – but I’m not getting paid to write.

I am assuming someone at the Associated Press is.  But look at these three paragraphs from this story (below).

So Mr. Griffin sold the same property twice?  Once to Coke and once to Columbia Pictures?  (While that would help explain his fabulous wealth, I somehow think this is probably a bad case of editing/proofreading).

And the third paragraph is a repeat of the end of the second paragraph…

But his biggest break financially came from inventing and producing ?Jeopardy? in the 1960s and ?Wheel of Fortune? in the 1970s. After they had become the hottest game shows in television, Griffin sold the rights to Coca-Cola for $250 million in 1986, retaining a share of the profits.

After they became the hottest game shows in television, Griffin sold the rights to them to the Columbia Pictures Television Unit for $250 million, retaining a share of the profits. He started spreading the sale money around in treasury bonds, stocks and other investments.

He made Forbes? list of richest Americans several times and started putting money in treasury bonds, stocks and other investments. But he went into real estate and other ventures because ?I was never so bored in my life.?

Merv Griffin dies at 82 – Celebrity News – MSNBC.com

Comments

  1. cnn.com is also notorious for errors, omissions, typo’s and generally bad grammar.
    I guess the time newspapers employed correctors has (or is it ‘is’?) long gone.
    One Dutch newspaper (“De Telegraaf” calling themselves the Largest Dutch Paper, and also, oh irony, “The Quality Paper of the Netherlands”) is extremely bad!
    I’m convinced some 11-year-olds took over and are currently writing the paper … mostly by copying stuff from what they find on the Internet, but not after rewriting it in their own, close to moronic, style (I use the word ‘style’ loosely here).
    And those 11-year-olds aren’t exactly the brightest of their class! Sad, sad, sad….

  2. 🙂 They did fix it though… it now reads:

    “But his biggest break financially came from inventing and producing “Jeopardy” in the 1960s and “Wheel of Fortune” in the 1970s. After they had become the hottest game shows on television, Griffin sold the rights to Coca Cola’s Columbia Pictures Television Unit for $250 million in 1986, retaining a share of the profits.”

    Which makes more sense 😉

  3. @Paul – of course you are right – laziness is really the only explanation!

    I have noticed a ton of really bad errors on MSNBC articles – but few of those article are written by MSNBC (generally, I think MSNBC original articles are better edited).

    I imagine MSNBC is paying the AP and other organizations for this content – they should demand better of them!

  4. I wouldn’t call this “a bad case of editing/proofreading”.
    I would call it a complete and utter lack of it.

    I KEEP telling people (I come from a family of school teachers): Before you post/send anything, read it back to yourself OUT LOUD … and you will catch 95% of the errors.
    And if you don’t know how to spell a word: look it up, don’t guess .. it makes you look stupid if you guess wrong.
    That’s right! If you write a well thought-out and interesting article, but it’s full of typo’s and bad grammar .. people will dismiss your ideas as coming from a ‘not-so-bright’ person (and the few who can read past that, will realize you’re lazy!)

    (By re-reading this comment I -luckily- was able to correct 4 (FOUR) embarrassing errors) .. the remaining erros are part of that 5%!)