Not a great headline

October 4, 2010

Ex-maid claims Whitman knew she in U.S. illegally

CALIFORNIA-POLITICS/LOS ANGELES, Sept 29 (Reuters) – A onetime housekeeper to California Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman surfaced on Wednesday to claim that the former eBay executive knowingly employed her illegally and treated her poorly.

Honestly. I consider Reuters a world-class news organization. This headline is abysmal. It’s a disgrace.

The quality of writing within the English speaking world has gone down the tubes. While in the past – working with the English language was an art form … now it is a travesty. Often butchered, and the most shameful of places.

An institution such as your own, should hold a high standard. Seeing such an abominable headline on your website … was absolutely shocking. This is something I would expect from a hick-town USA television news outfit’s website – not Reuters.

M.K.

We often need to cut corners to fit as much information as possible into a headline, but we cut too many this time and a several readers pointed it out. We fixed it for online versions of the story: GBU Editor

Former eBay Inc Chief Executive and California Republican candidate for Governor Meg Whitman talks during a news conference in Santa Monica, California, September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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