Thursday, January 25, 2007

Stupid typos and silly errors

The bane of the publisher's existence.

One of the things about publishing a newspaper and writing an editorial every month is that one's errors are right out there in print where people can point to them and show you how silly you are. I'm developing a thick(er) skin, but it still makes me wince when I take someone to task in my editorial--and then I screw up in some silly fashion like this:

Don Gray kindly pointed out that I had promoted Representative Mike Kelly to the Alaska State Senate in my January 2007 editorial. The gist of my editorial is still on, however, and it doesn't matter to me WHO utters the nonsense that Kelly did--it's still prejudicial nonsense.

Bigotry is, however, more dangerous when it is spouted by a government official or an elected representative, as they are in a position to put their bigotry into law or regulation.


CabinDweller said...

Deidre, I totally feel your pain on the typos. It seems nearly impossible to catch every last one, even here in the Golden Days of Spell Check. Add the mad haze of a deadline and you'd be surprised what can survive the editing process, even if more than one set of eyes give it a look.

As for Kelly, yep, fruitcake. Can't wait to see your take on the issue - am still ruminating on mine.

Deirdre Helfferich said...

Spell check is an insidious helper--if a word is spelled correctly but used in the wrong context, it isn't caught...

got my website updated, finally, w/ editorial (corrected on line to reflect Mike Kelly's actual job in the Legislature...)