Dangerous Dan Thoughts and musings on the world

6/2/2005

Minor Grammatical Irritation

Filed under: Media — Dangerous Dan @ 12:35 am

The headline on CNN.com's homepage now reads "What Turner would do differently with CNN at 25." It previously read "What Turner would do different with CNN at 25." Note the lack of 'ly' at the end of 'different,' meaning the phrase had no adverb. Unfortunately, poor 'differently' often gets abused in this context when people incorrectly leave off the last two letters. It's just a pet peeve of mine.

As for the article itself, it's ok. I'm not a fan of Turner's politics, but the man was a revolutionary force in the news field. In regards to things he would change about CNN, he did say this, which I liked:

…maybe a little less pervert of the day. I mean, there's a lot of perversion around, I know that, but is it really news? I mean, some of it is. I guess you've got to cover Michael Jackson, but not three stories about perversion at the lead of every half-hour.

The perverts' lobby will be very upset.

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