Perhaps you saw The Baltimore Sun this morning, with its lead story, "Ethics changes outlined for city." Sun editors are probably hoping you stopped there, lest you read the sub-headline: "Rawlings-Blake says her bill will seek to heighte public trus'." Now, I'm all for heighte-ing public trus', I just wonder when the city with lengthe the schoo' dayz?
All kidding aside, this is truly pathetic. The typos littering Sun stories in recent months have been one thing, but egregious mistakes such as these simply cannot be made on front-page headlines if a newspaper expects to be taken seriously. As a subscriber and diehard Sun booster—with many friends who work for the paper—it's painful to point out errors like this, along with the general decline in the quality of our city's newspaper of record.
But the pain is muted by anger: The Sun and its owners at The Tribune Company are largely to blame for the paper's sorry state. Yes, the newspaper industry is suffering nationally, but the decision by management at The Sun and Tribune Company to respond by decimating the paper's staff—including the virtual elimination of the copy editing department last April—are the direct cause of humiliating errors such as this one.
Management seems to have mistakenly calculated that it can keep the paper afloat by continually cutting back on writers and editors—the lifeblood of a newspaper—so long as it continues to crank out a product every day. If they continue to manage based on the that premise, the end is certainly nea