November 04, 2004


I thought this was more than just a little bit interesting. Like or loathe the man, you can't let stuff like that slip through editing, although it looks like CNN Netscape has since wiped all evidence of their mistake from their servers.

It reminded me of when I worked at the Winona Daily News, way back in the early days of my employment there when I was in charge of writing obituaries and transcribing court rulings and police reports. Fun stuff. Journalism can be so glamorous.

Anyway, when writing obits, we had to be sure to slug the the file names as something that could be recognized quickly during layout, so I typicall would write helmsobit, or thomasobit, or whateverlastnameobit, so people in layout would know that the file was an obituary.

I was told that my predecessor got in considerable trouble once after he messed up during a particularly hectic news evening. Obituary requests just kept coming in, and he was getting fed up with writing so many obituaries so close to deadline. So, he went and slugged one file as anotherfuckingobit. That did not go over too well with the folks both in editing and layout.

Posted by Ryan at November 4, 2004 02:51 PM

I've been known to occasionally do something like that. I've written pieces of programming code naming the variables "fucktard" and "shit_for_brains" simply because I was sick of programming. I'm pretty sure I remembered to do a global replace once I was done, but I'm still always a little leary that eventually someone is going to tap me on the shoulder and ask me what they're supposed to get when they multiply a fucktard times a shit_for_brains in particular function.

Posted by: Rick at November 5, 2004 10:08 AM

Its not like it was a lie.

Sorry, had to say it!

Posted by: Johnny Huh? at November 5, 2004 12:39 PM
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