February 11, 2007
I read the news today, oh boy

P-I headline: "Sheriff's car found full of bullet holes"

Okay, some lame-brain fired a bunch of bullets into an unoccupied sheriff's vehicle. But what a headline. It makes about as much sense to describe a car as being full of holes as it does to sing "and now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall".

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at February 11, 2007 11:47 AM | Email This
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1. Albert Hall? And all these years I thought it was the "arms of Paul."

Posted by: Obi-Wan on February 11, 2007 11:27 AM
2. Stefan's post jogged my memory about the line "4,000 holes in Blackburn, Lancashire." John is quoted as saying that he read a story in The Daily Mail about 4,000 potholes in the streets of Blackburn, Lancashire.

I don't know if it's true or not, but supposedly the Blackburn council commissioned a study to determine how many potholes there were in the streets. Unfortunately the study cost so much that there was no money left to actually repair any of them.

Ah, government inaction.

Posted by: Obi-Wan on February 11, 2007 11:58 AM
3. They used to grill us on this kind of thing in journalism school. "Don't write 'Man shot in grocery store.' (Did it hurt to be shot in the grocery store instead of, say, an arm?)"

Posted by: Michele on February 11, 2007 01:00 PM
4. A few weeks ago the Seattle Times posted a photo of an ex-athlete installing a new sign at a tavern. The caption indicated that the gentleman was "installing new signage". Geez, I thought all he was doing was putting up a new sign.

Yes, I blame liberals for this new kind of snooty-speak. We didn't used to talk this way.

Posted by: Bill Cruchon on February 11, 2007 01:14 PM
5. Besides, aren't cop cars usually full of donut holes?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega on February 11, 2007 01:32 PM
6. At least that was just a headline writer. At least a real reporter would never use such a dumb phrase. Right?

Oh, wait a minute...

http://soundpolitics.com/archives/007071.html

Posted by: Bruce on February 11, 2007 03:30 PM
7. The P-I knows its audience. They have to keep their gullible trolls fed with sensationalism.

Posted by: Jeff B. on February 11, 2007 08:48 PM
8. Oh yeah Jeff,
That's why PI articles keep getting linked from this website. If you can't beat 'em, link 'em.

Posted by: Cato on February 12, 2007 09:32 AM
9. I wonder if the gun used to make the bullet holes used to belong to a well-known police chief... heh-heh

Posted by: DopioLover on February 12, 2007 10:16 AM
10. Your forget the P-I has an agenda to support. With the crowd at last week's so-called "Gun Loop Hole" ban being 4 to 1 AGAINST the bill, the P-I has to continue to tell us there is a problem and we do not know we are talking about.
Just like the majority of those sporting that bad bill were from out of state, except that well know Chief who is still missing his gun (and the ~15 his department lost last year).

Posted by: bob on February 12, 2007 12:04 PM
11. The truth, the hole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Posted by: Steve on February 12, 2007 02:30 PM
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