I just read a news story and am shocked at the last line of it.

Canada
September 4, 2011 11:03am CST
If you're a news reporter, you would strive to make sure that what you're reporting is accurate and makes sense right? So, why then, would a writer write something as stupid as I just read? Read this line and I'll tell you what I'm talking about: "The other occupants of the SUV, a woman and an infant, were not injured, and police say they will likely not face charges. " Read it carefully. An infant not expected to be charged. WTF is that? When I read that line, I was floored. Why would anyone in their right mind write something as stupid as that? I posted a comment on the article and suggested that they change that line and take that out, so they didn't look so foolish. I didn't say it that way, but that's how I felt. I don't know how they could be so stupid.
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• United States
4 Sep 11
I think it was a simple slip of the tongue. and now she will be able to correct the mistake..
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• United States
4 Sep 11
I've heard of more foolish things than charging an infant with traffic crimes. It's possible the writer was referring to a seatbelt infraction (though that is usually levied just on the driver regardless) or some other strange violation. O well, I've seen worse reporting.
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@GardenGerty (96612)
• Marion, Kansas
5 Sep 11
That is pretty dumb, but it seems the newspapers lately are getting worse. No one proofreads and no one hires proofreaders either. It would be interesting to see if they change it.
• Canada
5 Sep 11
They did change it after I brought it to their attention. This was online news, so it was easy to fix.
• United States
5 Sep 11
Personally I don't think reporters care about all they report on the news. Some probably just want to get the story out and or have something to report that they are not even editing their own reportings. This was foolish and I agree and the person who did make that report should really take a hard look at what type of career they actually opted for.
• Canada
5 Sep 11
Oddly enough it said news staff, not an individual reporter like the articles usually indicate.
@Jacruz25 (1124)
• Philippines
5 Sep 11
This one is quite different or maybe edited "The other occupants of the SUV, a woman and an infant, were not injured. Police say the woman will not face charges." http://www.680news.com/news/local/article/273202--suv-strikes-two-officers-on-bicycles-during-police-pursuit I think there's nothing wrong with this one.
• Canada
5 Sep 11
Ah, so they did read my comment. They didn't post it though. But at least they fixed it up so that it reads properly now. But at least I have it on record the mistake they made.
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
7 Oct 11
That is stupid! Did they change it? What exactly were they trying to say I wonder? Have a great weekend!!!
@whatrow (793)
• United States
5 Sep 11
Journalism is a very high-pressured field. The editors must work quickly to get the story out by a deadline. Although there are people who attempt to edit the copy, they can't catch everything. And, I think you are over-reacting to this incident.
• United States
5 Sep 11
HE is only stating a fact. Sometimes people aren't sure if they will be charged or not. These days anyone can be charged.
• Philippines
4 Sep 11
You do have a point. Or maybe an infant is now susceptible to facing charges. The writer needs more proof reading because obviously that is wrong.
@Hatley (164759)
• Garden Grove, California
4 Sep 11
hi kris wow really two errors in a way as I am sure there's somone who reads what the reporters turn in so she should have probably said "Police say she will likely not face charges" so both the reporter and whoever proofs reads both loused up on this one. I think its more likely careless than stupid as I know in typing things I have thought one way and typed another and yes it came out stupid but I proof read before posting at least 99 percent of the time. Yes she should have been careful and yet it could also be the proof reader althouogh I would not think so.