Syntax kills. I learn this lesson all the time. Some are worse than others, though. Mine often lead to hilarious imagery.
Others actively revise historical fact.
Oyster reminds us that, with the 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina*, be on the lookout for glaring reporting errors concerning the event.
Torrential rains did not flood New Orleans. The levees on the Mississippi River did not fail. The levees on Lake Pontchartrain did not fail. Specific communities were inundated by storm surge. New Orleans was inundated when certain specific levees did not perform as specifically designed.
Getting this wrong is like saying terrorists used truck bombs on September 11, or highjacked airliners against Oklahoma City. Saying torrential rains flooded New Orleans is like saying the terrorists cut down the WTC towers with a chainsaw. But I guaran-damn-tee you no one is going to get it that wrong about New York.
Speaking of which, New Orleans isn't the only victim of fact - bending shorthand statments made for uninformative television.
Because there is a sacred Burlington Coat Factory somewhere in lower Manhattan that must not be modified.
* - And several associated failures of government constructed walls designed to keep water out of New Orleans that no one wants to talk about.