Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Senpresentative David Vitter

During Saturday's Nightly News story about the ineffective response to the Gulf oil spill, we were shown a YouTube clip of Louisiana Senator David Vitter demanding more action and fewer committee meetings. On the YouTube clip, Vitter is clearly identified as "Sen. David Vitter". A moment later, a Nightly News graphic identifies him as "Representative David Vitter".

On Sunday's story about Sarah Ferguson's attempt to charge 500,000 pounds for access to her ex-husband (Prince Andrew), a Nightly News transcript of a statement by Ferguson spelled the word "judgment" as "judgement". On Monday's broadcast, when that story was previewed during the show's intro, the word was also spelled as "judgement". In the first instance, the British spelling of the word can perhaps be forgiven, since the story was reported from London by Keir Simmons, who is British. But there is no excuse for Monday's misspelling, since that intro was read in New York by Brian Williams. The Nightly News producers should note that the word is spelled as "judgment" in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune and The Wall Street Journal, as well as by Reuters, the AP and at least two stories on the website (although a third story on spells the word as "judgement").

During Sunday's story about the finale of "Law & Order", an interview with the show's casting director carried a caption that identified the show as "Law And Order". That is incorrect. The title of the show is "Law & Order". There is a difference. The Nightly News producers could not even correctly spell the name of a show that appears on their own network. By the way, Nightly News has done four stories so far about the finale of "Law & Order"--the same number of stories they have done about the recent elections in Great Britain and the violent political unrest in Thailand.

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