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Who, what and when

The column by David Griner on Maxim prompted these thoughts, not about the selection of news stories, but rather how they are written. As a reader, my concern is often with their obscurity, beginning with the “cute” ambiguous headings, which do nothing to pique my interest, to garbled details.

It is disconcerting to begin reading a news story as if it were the great American novel. In the interest of reading efficiency, a necessary requisite, I expect a story to go from the general to the specific. For instance, in the coverage of a sport, what was the sport, who was involved and what was the outcome. Inspiring achievements, if still of interest, could follow. Dull reading? Not necessarily, but perhaps better than little of it having been read at all.

I can tolerate split infinitives, misplaced modifiers and lapses in good grammar, but not the insertion of those little adjectives that betray the writer’s biases. This brings into question their professionalism, if not their credibility. Perhaps the Associated Press journalists should review their efforts from the viewpoint of a politically conservative reader and do a little honest editing.

And the obituaries! That is a topic for another discussion.

Ed Westervelt

Nevada City

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