Gene earlier pointed out some silly writing in news reports. Well if we lower the bar from "major news outlets," we can find absolutely abysmal writing. Check out this news story (originally linked from LRC). The inappropriate use of semicolons is nothing. It would be pointless to try to describe just why the writing is so bad. I think you just have to read it for yourself. (The topic is interesting in any event.) Oh I can't resist. Here's a taste: Just consider the title (though maybe it was due to someone besides the writer of the article):
NEW BILL TO ALLOW POLICE MISCONDUCT BE HIDDEN FROM PUBLIC.
Is that in ebonics?
UPDATE: Oh I can't resist just one more hint. I want you folks to really look this article over; they should hand this friggin' thing out at Cracker Barrel to occupy the kids. ("Find 12 or more mistakes--you are a genius.") Check out this paragraph:
Representative David Litvak says “I think what’s critical with law enforcement is public trust. If it appears that things are swept under the rug or not done in the light of the public; you can comprise that trust.”
I spot two glaring punctuation errors (one of omission and one of commission) and one obvious error in transcription.
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