The mistake in Sunday's Record Eagle was undoubtedly not purposeful, however ..
The Traverse City Record Eagle editors have been bombarded with negative FB posts, and probably filled in boxes since the posting of Sunday’s page three error. They have been accused of having an agenda that is anti gun, and purposefully going after the ‘headline readers;’ those folks who scan the newspaper and rarely read the content.
It was a doozy of a mistake, and likely one they painfully regret. And however unlikely it is that the newspaper would try such a thing purposefully (I am sure it was not intentional), it does underscore one aspect of today’s journalism.
The “shooter” key is used more frequently in the newspaper environment than the “backspace” key.
It is pre-programmed whenever there is a mass killing (unless abortion is involved) anywhere in the county. In the front page response to the mistake and its ‘notoriety’ the editors apparently cannot accept that their own perspective and that programming has not perhaps led to this unfortunate error. The image to the right suggests such an attitude.
Its tough to be the news I suppose.