We are sure that other formidable news sites put up headlines that from time to time don’t meet AP standards and have a typo or grammatical error in them. And as soon as we come across them, we’ll collect them and post them on here as well. But when you’re CNN, one of the big boys, you just wouldn’t expect as many as we see. They themselves say they think they are among the world leaders.
From their “about” tab:
“CNN.com is among the world’s leaders in online news and information delivery. Staffed 24 hours, seven days a week by a dedicated staff in CNN’s world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and in bureaus worldwide, CNN.com relies heavily on CNN’s global team of almost 4,000 news professionals. CNN.com features the latest multimedia technologies, from live video streaming to audio packages to searchable archives of news features and background information. The site is updated continuously throughout the day.”
These are actual headlines that got through some of their almost 4,000 news professionals and were posted on their main page. We copied and pasted them exactly as they appeared.
Enjoy, and please feel free to submit anymore you come across.
“Driver runs as parking deck collapses” I would say once he’s out of the car running he’s no longer a driver.
“Rescuers reaches town too late” Who needs proper grammar?
“More wives outearning husbands”
“More women out earn husbands” The first example we found of the copy editors for the site not being on the same page.
“Test your State of Union know-how” This one really got to us. Where’s the ‘The’ in State of THE Union, plus know-how implies knowing how to do something as opposed to trivia knowledge about the State of THE Union, which was what the article was on actually.
“Toy guitars one inch think” Typo, but still…
“Poll: Tea Party fails impress many” “To,” anyone?
“Too aircraft came too close over S.F.” “Two,” anyone?
“Jumping balloon lifted over homes” Scratched our heads at this one, had to definitely read the article, which was about an inflatable bounce house that got swept up on a windy day.
“Can someone bad heart valve fly?” Need to somehow squeeze that “with” in there somewhere.
“Obama use oil spill for energy push” Still not 100% sure what they were trying to say.
“Star pitcher will to do to Nats” The hands down favorite to date.
“Slay suspect van der Sloot in custody” Apparently not fans of “ing.”
“Mom finds kidnap kid on Facebook” Glad for the Mom, sad for the headline. Got to fit “ped” in there.
“Lawyer: Gary Coleman was divorced”
Then three articles below it:
“Coleman’s wife resisted aid” Same woman. Same woman!
“Police: Goalie watched giirlfriend’s slaying” Coldblooded baastard.
“weather could halt oil well seal” But Weather definitely will.
“Bullock earns major $$$ last year” Proper tense, shmoper tense.
“2,200 gold coin found” Another instance of having to read the article to see what the heck they are trying to say.
“Passionate french chef” Angry that his nationality gets dissed in a headline.
“The national champions hardest hitter” Does what? What?
“Sandra on Jesse: ‘We have both” Have both what? What?
“Online sex ads compliate probes” And they make editors pre-occupied I guess, too.
“O’Reilly to Stewart Obama remorse?” Colon somewhere? Anywhere?
“Rescued minor gets Elvis invite” What child likes Elvis that much?
“’Garfield’ creator apologizes comic strip” To it? For it? Because of it?
“Portia DeGeneres to dance with the” …something.
“Porn actress to speak out Sheen” I guess it’s better to “speak” out Sheen than something else…
“Teen fees hostages; shoots self” Letters are there for a reason. Really. All of them are.
“Baby, it’s frosty is Florida” Not sure if they meant in Florida or were going for something else…
“by CNN Medical Unit” This is a more recent trend.
“Stocks hold gains after Fed” …does…?
“Matt Dillion as Claire’s ex” This stayed on the CNN homepage for days. Matt Dillon clearly needs better PR people.
“Feds warn to health insurers” To use “ing” whenever appropriate.
“by Dana Bash, CNN” The trend continues…
“by ed henry, cnn” This time they couldn’t even capitalize CNN…
“Rape tipsteer meets with police” His tip steered them to the right guy…
“Does beer and the Superbowl mix?” They doesn’t.
“Our ‘Spunik’ moment” Does not include spelling it correctly…
“How Packers QB followed a icon” Or “an” icon…
“Obama’s 2012 campaign unofficially“ Stalls? Fails? Angers Hillary Clinton?
“Ochocinco loves his Motoral Xoom” Spell check wants to do so much with this headline…
“By Alison Harding, CNN” Back at it…
“7 faithy companies” The Stephen Colbert school of headline writing, making up words…
“Popular kids bully more”
Under “Living and Eatocracy”:
“Do popular kids bully more?” Yeah, see above.
“By Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune” At least they don’t discriminate. They will put any news outlet’s writer’s name on there.