I Never Disliked the New York Times Before, But…

I never disliked the NY Times before, but this week they have gotten under my skin with their terrible reporting. Three examples:

  1. Bids Total $2.78 Billion in Opening Day of Auction for Airwaves
    Bidders put up a total of almost $2.78 billion on Thursday in the opening rounds of the Federal Communications Commission’s auction of federally owned airwaves.

    Excuse me, but federally owned airwaves? I’m sorry, but I don’t recall where in the constitution it specifies that the airwaves are property of the government and not of the people or the states. What next– is the NY Times going to tell us that the constitution grants us rights instead of protecting inherent rights that all humans should enjoy?

  2. CBS to Make Internet Music Unit More Like Radio
    Under the new arrangement, users who visit the service’s Web site can search for and select any of 3.5 million songs to listen to on their computers through technology called streaming.

    Streaming audio, huh? Wow, that is an original concept of which I have never heard. Your ideas intrigue me, and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter. NY Times, don’t insult our intelligence. Anyone reading that article is well-aware of the concept of streaming.

  3. Entrepreneur Unveils New Tourist Spacecraft
    (image caption) Richard Branson and aircraft designer Burt Rutan unveiled two new aircrafts Wednesday in New York.

    Aircrafts, huh? I was always under the impression that the plural of aircraft was– brace yourself– aircraft. < << Checking online dictionary for the word 'aircrafts'... >>> Yup, I was right. Aircraft is not a word. Call me old fashioned, but I like my newspapers using actual words. I mean, hey– if you can’t get the words right, what is that chance that you got the facts right?

So yeah, the NY Times is driving me nuts this week.

2 thoughts on “I Never Disliked the New York Times Before, But…

  1. Yes uberman, the airwaves are federally owned. I know you think they are owned by CBS, NBC, FOX, etc, because the FCC chairman is a bendover sextoy for their corporate CEOs.

    Aircraft is not a word? Well if it says so on the web, or rather not, then it must be true.

  2. Hi drifter,

    I don’t recall what portion of the constitution grants control over the public airwaves to the federal government. If you’d be kind enough to point me to the appropriate section, I’d be glad to reconsider my opinion.

    Additionally, aircraft is a word. Aircrafts is not. The plural of aircraft is in fact aircraft. Again, if you can point me to an appropriate contrary source, I would certainly take a look.

    Thanks for the comment!

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