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Let’s talk for a moment about presentation in this, the digital media. Specifically, let’s look at the Salem Media group, whose member sites (PJMedia, Townhall, and RedState, among others) I read regularly. Now, let me start by noting that these sites produce a wide range of content from some fine commentators. Sometimes I disagree with the points made, most of the time I agree, so I find them worth not only continued reading but springing for a VIP Gold membership.
But boy, howdy, do they ever need to spring for some editors. Take a look at this headline from last Saturday:
Note: It was corrected later that day. But still. “Fued?” I presumed at the time that was meant to be “Feud.” But the fact that this elementary and, let’s be candid, stupid mistake made it onto the headliner page of a major national alternative news media site is bothersome, and adversely affects the reputation of the site. And it’s not just this; this is a problem that runs across all the sites of Salem Media, and what’s worse is that these mistakes are often pointed out in the comments but are almost never corrected.
Here’s another example from the same article:
Greene continued to call the Democrat Squad member out, saying that before AOC entered fbe political world, she bartender but still couldn’t do that job well enough.
What the hell? Did they not even try to edit this?
Now it’s bad enough that so many comments, from across the political spectrum, demonstrate only marginal literacy; those commenters are, of course, not passing themselves off as professional writers. But I will say this: Here in the digital world, the only thing we have to judge folks on is their written expression. If they forgo even an attempt at proper spelling and grammar, our (or at least, my) estimation of them goes down.
But it’s far worse when a professional news/commentary site like Townhall, or RedState, or PJMedia just has daily mistake after mistake that ends up splashed onto the screen. Maybe it bothers me more than most folks, being a writer who is married to an editor.
Salem Media desperately needs to hire some copy editors, and fast.