Nobody's perfect, and typographical mistakes happen. I will admit to probably making more than my fair share over the years. Typos are no big deal and happen in ALL publications from time to time and aren't a reflection of the quality of any news source. You need to look deeper into content and the ability of the reporters to report news the old-fashioned way, through research and investigation, which will result in a balanced, informative, fact-based story. The traditional role of the media, to provide all relevant facts for the public's use in forming an opinion, has been one of the essential pillars of democracy in this country.
In this era of 24/7 "news," blogs, and regurgitated corporate press releases presented as "news," we are increasingly subjected to having a fully-formed opinion presented to us as "news." This is what is known as "card stacking" and is a propaganda tactic that's been around for years. For all these reasons, I greatly appreciate reporters and publications that take the time to do news the old-fashioned way, such as Ken Ward, Jr. at the Charleston Gazette.
"The 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: The growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy."
-- Alex Carey, Australian social scientist who pioneered the study of corporate propaganda
And thus ends the serious part of this post. Now we will turn our attention to the humor our bizarre world presents to us every day (because it's much healthier to laugh than it is to carry a grudge)!
Great things are often created by mistake. Take the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup for example. Something great was created this morning when I read Ken's article in the Charleston Gazette!
A minor typo, since corrected, accidentally created the term:
Power outage: Localized electric outages that last hours, minutes or even mere seconds (just long enough to require you to reset every stinkin' digital clock in the house!)
Power outrage: Wide-spread power outages that leave people without power for days or WEEKS (which is a situation many West Virginians still find themselves in 12 days after the "derecho") that are caused by lack of maintenance in order to increase corporate profits.
The only thing needed to turn a power outage into a Power outrage! is you.