I just spotted the following blurb on the front page of the latest online edition of The New York Times:

Clearly we don’t care as much about proofreading as our forefathers did, either; the phrase “dumber that our forefathers” should be “dumber than our forefathers.”

The irony, of course, is that the sentence is making a claim regarding contemporary ideas about intelligence. We still am smartly! this blurb all but screams.

There was probably a time not too long ago when any article shared with a readership as wide as that of The New York Times would pass before a copy editor before publication. At the very least, the author might give it a quick glance to make sure all the words–all 26 of them!–were spelled correctly. But in today’s fast-paced world, the art of editing seems to have gone out the window. We’ve sacrificed accuracy for speed.

Needless to say, I’m not pointing out anything new here. What’s more, I know I make loads of typos in my blag posts and emials on a regular basis. The difference, though, is that I’m not the Times. For one thing, I don’t charge for my online content. For another, my blog, despite what I’d like to believe in moments of grandeur, is not a journal of record.

All of this is just to say that I expect a little more from a news source like The New York Times. I realize that the 24-hour news cycle has changed the way news is gathered and reported, but is it really too much to ask of The New York Times to proofread the material that goes on the front page of their website?

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