The reason the MSM will always be superior to the blogosphere…

is because Highly Qualified Professional MSM Journalists maintain rigorous standards of writing which are backed up by Highly Qualified MSM Editors. See, for instance, the third paragraph of this story from the WaPo, on “Sherlock” starring Benedict Cumberbatch:

  • Andy, Bad Person

    I will say that “Sherlock” is an amazing show. It’s too bad that they only make 3 episodes in a season and then you have to wait a full year for it to come around again.

    • Jack

      The reason that it is so good is BECAUSE unlike your average 40 miniute TV show; Sherlock has a full hour and a half to rope you into the plot and deliver a great conclusion.

      I don’t know if you have ever heard of the hit comedy “Faulty Towers” but it is a comediac masterpiece precisely because they only ever produced 12 (half hour) shows and concentrated on quality rather than quantity. The same thing goes for a brilliant detective show named “Johnothan Creek”, it is a masterpiece yet they only ever made 24 regular episodes and 4 Christmas Specials.

  • Will

    You might as well argue with a bandersnatch!

  • Sal

    and Francis Cardinal Arinze might be the first Afro-American pope!
    Journalists, I swear…

  • TheRealAaron

    Are we sure Bandersnatch Cummerbund isn’t a former head of the Ministry of Magic?

  • TheRealAaron

    To be fair though, most newspapers have very little editing because they aren’t making a profit and have laid off a huge portion of their workforce. Given the situation, it’s not exactly anyone’s fault when errors slip through into the paper (except I guess the high level executives who thought they could make more money by putting out a worse product).

  • sibyl

    Good gracious; as a former copy editor my first reaction to “Bandersnatch Cummerbund” was that some guys on the copy desk were up a little too late one night and decided to have some fun. Such a goof could not possibly be accidental, in my view.

  • JaneC

    I saw this on Language Log last week, and it was explained that this name alteration was deliberate, and a frequent feature of this columnist’s work (she also refers to Ryan Seacrest as “Seabiscut”). The columnist herself also explained that it was an acquaintance of hers who first referred to the actor as Bandersnatch Cummerbund, and she liked it, so she used it.

  • Fr Denis Lemieux

    To be honest, the whole piece is so badly, awkwardly written that I missed the ‘Bandersnatch’ typo (?!?!) the first time. And if it’s true that a reporter habitually changes the names of people in her stories for private amusement… well, that kind of reinforces Mark Shea’s point. Or, as I like to call him, “Marzipan Sheabutter’. But I’m just a lowly blogger and lack professional skills and editors…

    • Peggy Hagen

      Yes , I thought that the horrible writing was the point too. First and largest correction – switch the second and third paragraphs. The parting zinger isn’t one, don’t even try.

  • Andy, Bad Person

    Was that piece written by Coach Z?

  • Spastic Hedgehog

    Ahhh the frumious Bandersnatch. Figures he’d go to Hollywood.

  • Sean O

    A few typos or jokes are not the problem at MSM. It is their lack of informative content. There goal is to sell advertising and not upset any ad buyers or important people in the process. MSM is a servant of the status quo. That is the problem. The press was supposed to be a voice for the people. For the most part they are just another business trying to make money.

  • Gary Keith Chesterton

    Lisa de Moraes, who writes that column, is well-known for writing in a kind of code that only her long-time fans — of which there are some — can understand. Every other word is an in-joke. It can be pretty irritating, which is why I gave up reading her years ago.

  • Esther
  • Ted Seeber

    A pithy trove if I ever saw one!

  • Mark R

    It’s a copy editor error more than a journalist’s. That modern Sherlock Holmes is crap. Downton is crap too. I’d rather watch reruns of “Are You Being Served?” or “The Good Life”.

  • Amy