November 05, 2002
Point of Clarification

I've been noticing an odd trend in nyt.com headlines...being written in the present tense, some of them to the detriment of clarity, I think.

I'm talking about things like "U.S. Is Reported to Kill Al Qaeda Leader in Yemen."

Any idea whether this is a lapse in judgement or a program to make news seem more immediate? (I'm looking in your direction, dbrown, but welcome comments from the peanut gallery.)

Also, how cool is it that now we just openly vaporize people we don't like by dropping biblically-named explosives upon them?

Posted by kio at November 05, 2002 06:06 PM
Comments

not sure about the tense issue yet, but just noticed that weather.com's main headline is: "Powerful storm set to whack Northeast tonight and tomorrow." Millions dead? Or simply the creeping influence of those hbo gangstas?

Posted by: dbrown on November 5, 2002 07:07 PM

tomorrow's headline...

"storm to travelers: fog-ghedaboudit"

Posted by: elia on November 5, 2002 07:30 PM

fucking copywriters.

Posted by: Kevin Slavin on November 5, 2002 08:44 PM
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