My blood was literally boiling (just making sure you are paying attention).
Yesterday morning on Weekend Today, an error-filled news caption hit me like finger flick between the eyes. Occasional errors happen—everyone’s human—and, given it was Sunday, I decided to be charitable and give the show a chance to notice and correct it before the end of the piece. It almost always happens that way. A misspelled word or other error appears in the caption but the next time it appears, it’s been corrected. Not this time.
The caption read, “Single Mom’s of Choice” and focused on women who opt for artificial insemination over waiting for a mate. Of course the first thing that jumped off the screen (not literally but almost) was the misplaced apostrophe in Mom’s. Then I noticed the erroneous preposition. It should have read Single Moms by Choice, not of Choice. Single moms of choice would mean someone chose them. The whole caption needed to be scrapped.
Jenna Wolfe had introduced the piece by saying that “one out of four children are raised by a single parent.” Come on, where are the editors? As the sloppy caption popped up for about the fourth time, “Relationship Expert” Robi Ludwig explained that for women over 35, “their options for fertility is decreasing.”
I had already choked on my French Roast during Jenna’s earlier blathering about something, I can’t recall what because all I heard was, “I was like…and Lester was like… and then I was like…and then he was like…” Is this a morning news program or the cafeteria at San Fernando Valley Junior High?
That’s it. Charles Osgood, I’ve loved you for years. You are smart and articulate and your stories are intelligent and interesting. I’ve seen the error of my ways. I am moving to CBS where the writers, producers, anchors and reporters don’t share one brain cell.