The Power of the Press…to Entertain

Let’s put this paper to bed, Girls and Boys. So what if the front page isn’t exactly perfect. No one but a blonde blogger with way too much time on her hands will notice anyway…

Living in a small town has its perks.
  1. It’s easy to decide where to go out to eat because yours choices are so limited…clear: 4 Italian/American restaurants, 4 Chinese buffets/take-outs, 3 highfalutin’ pricey places, 4 family style carb-loading joints, 4 hot-dog stands, 1 Greek diner, 1 Mexican Casa, 1 Thai restaurant, and 15 drive-thru-choke-as-you-go options.  I’m not counting the bars where you can order food with your new tattoo and future hangover.  There are plenty of those places.
  2. The crime rate is very low, unless you consider lack of culture a crime.
  3. Nature is all around you…buzzing around your face, eating your flowers, rummaging through your trash, and leaping out in front of your moving vehicle.
  4. People act as if they know you, even if they don’t.  It’s just the neighborly thing to do–at least people in my neighborhood act like they know me…especially the men.

    I try to look my best when I answer my door and while walking Scrappy. I just don’t get why all the men in my neighborhood are so friendly and the women are watching their men so closely.

  5. If you see people who need help, you worry about them as you pass by them.  You wonder if they’ll be okay.  Again, it’s the neighborly thing to do.  People in big cities aren’t that considerate.
  6. Shopping is a breeze.  You don’t have to ponder the many places you will have to go to find what you’re looking for.  You won’t find what you want within a 50-mile radius, so shopping  is really simple.  But you have to know that the “World Wide Web” has more than just porn on it and you must have access to it, which is iffy especially if your electrical service is home to a raccoon.

    Hey, I noticed something wonky with your cable wires while I was up here. Your reception should be much better now. You’re welcome.

  7. And the local newspaper is more about keeping people entertained than it is about keeping people informed.

But maybe it’s just our local newspaper and maybe it’s just me who finds it amusing. (I knew I’d get to the title of this post eventually.)

Our local paper has a habit of running headlines and placing random pictures close enough to the headline to make it look like the picture belongs with the headline.  Sometimes the combination is outlandish and makes me ask aloud, “Was the Editor drinking again?”  Let me just share with you two recent examples.  I blotted out any identifying names to protect the guilty.

Obviously the two districts haven’t settled all of their issues yet. But it looks like the Smokin’ Blue Sabers are going to get their way by cutting more than just costs from the Not-So-Fighting Reds.


And you thought paying extra for your bags and enhanced security measures where over the top. Now it seems the new trend in air fare is self-propulsion. Hey, fuel prices aren’t going down–but unless my arms get stronger, I may be canceling my vacation plans.


And the number of kittens needing homes have increased as well. Coincidence? I think not! It’s the innocent-looking ones you have to watch out for, People. That little kitty will bring a lot more to your family than purrs and hair balls.


The only things I did to these photos of the actual newspapers was to crop out the name of the newspaper and blotch out names of places or reporters that anyone without super-vision could read.  I swear I didn’t put these pictures next to these headlines. The editors of the paper did that all by themselves.

Do you have any examples of journalism gaffes from your local newspaper?

~ by Lorna's Voice on September 19, 2012.

26 Responses to “The Power of the Press…to Entertain”

  1. […] I want to share the most recent batch I’ve collected. If you want to see some from the past, click here and here. They really are pretty […]

  2. […] I’ve got a few more real live examples of headlines next to random pictures that were printed on the front page of my local newspaper–things that an editor should have caught, but didn’t. All of these occurred in about a two-week period. If you want to see the first set of newspaper gaffes, click here. […]

  3. Yes, Al, walking is better for you–especially in my neighborhood. And, don’t worry, if something should happen to you, I’ll worry about you like nobody’s business!

  4. How awesome that you worry about people in need. And I thought there were no more good Samaritans.

    I obviously need to quit letting the dog out in the backyard and start walking her in the neighborhood more.

  5. Thanks–most people only commented on the photos of the newspapers. I thought those lines were pretty good, too! 🙂

  6. What a beauty, Lorna! And I don’t just mean the legs. Cacked at the “lack of culture” and worrying about others as you pass them by. Priceless!

  7. I’ve missed several great ones, too. These three just happen to be in the past week and a half. Now, my camera is always charged and out of it’s case, ready for the next edition!

  8. Tell me about it! 😉

  9. Ooh how Iove funnies in the press – the misplaced photos, the typos, the bloopers! I love them and I always make a point to remember them so that I can share them. There was this one…what was it now? Erm…it was…ooh yes!…ooh no…Oh there was that other one, you know that one? I remember it well…it was about that thing…Damn it, why can I never remember them!

  10. LOLOLOLOLOLOL! Sometimes cleavage can just get out of control..

  11. I’m always on the look-out. I’ll share more when I find them! Yeah, that kitten picture next to an article about STDs was just ludicrous. I wonder if anyone else noticed…

  12. Phil and I were going to a Disco-themed party. I just thought that photo would be funny to add… Trust me, I rarely dress up like that. Usually I have my Sketcher Shape-ups and jeans (oh, and some kind of shirt that covers that cleavage of mine)! 😉

  13. Yup. You have to wonder, “What were they thinking…or not thinking?” I supposed when they used the old printing machines, they had to be extra careful.

  14. That happens in our paper, too-or so I’m told by my family who actually tries to read the articles! 😉

  15. I always love to know that my silliness brings a smile to someone’s day! 🙂

  16. You have a great eye for the quirky which I really enjoy. More chuckles for me over at Lorna’s. What a great thing to smile over while your drinking coffee

  17. I can’t think of recent examples but I’ll keep my eagle-eye posted. What our paper is noted for is poor editing. Actually, I’m not sure they have/use copy editors for most things. For example, just the other day I was reading a very interesting item about a local happening. Mid sentence, actually mid word it stopped. Never found the ending in that paper though it might have shown up a few days later in the Classifieds. 😉 And it happens not on a schedule, but often enough that most readers don’t go looking for the rest of the item.

  18. Some things printed in newspapers make you just say … Hhmmmmm.

  19. You live in the most exciting place!! With newspaper creativity like that to look forward to, life could never be boring……I must add….you vamp you….
    CRAAAAZZZYYYY shoes!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Kittens bringing about this kind of trouble…I never would have imagined! I don’t get the newspaper anymore so can’t look for funny editing mishaps but I’ll look to you to find more for us to enjoy, Lorna.

    Thanks for the fun! 🙂

  21. And I’m pretty sure that even if you do see it on the internet, it may not have happened… 😉

  22. Victoria, the ONLY reason I look at our newspaper is to find things like this! 🙂

  23. Yeah, I see a fair number of men walking around my neighborhood with bandages on their heads. At first I thought they were all into those war re-enactments, but that seemed a little fishy. Now I understand… 😉

    Hope you find some funny stuff in your newspaper. There sure is enough depressing material…

  24. Now I’m inspired to take a second look at my hometown Newspaper to see if any additional gaffes like this are made. I say additional because of our proximity to Nation’s Capital, pretty much everything printed and pictured is gaffe-worthy. This could be a fun project!

    Oh, and about that picture… [long wolf-whistle!!!] Hubba hubba!

    Ha!!! Ducked in time, my wife missed my head with the frying pan.

    OUCH!!! [damn good backhand swing]

  25. Fun. I’ve got to keep my eyes open. There have been plenty of them in the past. And, God knows, with all the depressing stuff it’s a good thing there is some unintentional humor.

  26. Amazing! I had no idea anyone read the paper any more. I’m pretty sure if you don’t see it on the Internet it didn’t really happen.

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