Forgiving the New York Times

March 8, 2009 § 7 Comments

times1I’m intimidated by the New York Times. It’s not something I should admit publicly; I am a mature, intelligent human being most of the time.

But there are sections that I relish and read every weekend: Modern Love, Social Qs, Weddings and Celebrations. (By the way, although Modern Love and Social Qs are published in print on Sunday, they’re online Saturday – you can read them a day early.) Each hits the part of my brain that is emotional and hopeful – and voyeuristic. No intellect required.

I would expect this highly respected rag to be arrogant. So I was delighted to find that it criticizes its own writing in After Deadline which “examines questions of grammar, usage and style encountered by writers and editors of The Times.”

Editor Phillip B. Corbett says “…we make a lot of mistakes. We make factual errors, which we try rigorously to correct in print and online. We misspell words, we have typos, and yes, sometimes our grammar is just awful. Some such mistakes are inevitable as we handle many tens of thousands of words every day, mostly on tight deadlines. But they should be rare, much rarer than they are. We’re trying.”

Makes me like them more and feel less bad about mine. But I will keep trying, just like the Times.

How fun to be in such excellent company.

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