I realize that things are getting fairly skimpy in the mainstream press. Layoffs, downsizing, and–you know–saving money. But it’s starting to get ridiculous. Some cases in point:
Two stories in the same newspaper –on the same day. First headline: Winter holiday anti-DUI campaign nets 57 arrests in Butte County. Second headline: Butte County logs 92 holiday DUI arrests. I never did find out which story was right. Okay, which is it?
Here’s another from the internet’s Money News. Euro UNLIKELY TO LAST THE DECADE. Same internet page: Euro is world’s MOST SOLID CURRENCY. Okay, which is it?
From the Sacramento Bee, a news story about the inclement weather in southern California: Branches from one falling tree hit Greg Mora’s car. Mora SUFFERED A GASHED FOREHEAD. NO INJURIES were reported from the toppling trees. Okay, which is it?
And finally, this gem: Two stories, same subject, two different news sources. From the Sacramento Bee dated December 10th: For the sixth year in a row, MORE PEOPLE LEFT CALIFORNIA FOR OTHER STATES than came here from them, according to the Department of Finance. But on the very same day in the Chico Enterprise Record, there’s this from the Associated Press: California’s population grew less than 1 percent in the last fiscal year as FEWER PEOPLE MOVED TO OTHER STATES.
It certainly gives impetus to the ol’ saying “Don’t believe everything you read in the newspapers –or on the internet for that matter.