I CANNOT STAY QUIET ANY LONGER!
I have something to say and I would like you to pay attention to it.
Have you noticed that television and radio news people no longer use verbs when relating a story?
Have you noticed their dubious and misguided attempts to present every story in the present tense as if each story is just happening?
Have you noticed how illiterate and uneducated these characters make themselves appear when they adopt such egregious presentation formats?
Well, I, and I am not alone, am getting really tired of listening to the news at any time of the day and being assaulted by such blatant displays of grammatical and structural ignorance. If I want to hear what is going on in the world, I have no choice but be subjected to the constant and abusive destruction of the most sophisticated language on earth.
Ah, ha! Maybe that is the problem; maybe the language is too sophisticated for them to master. Actually, I suspect there is a newscasters’ mandate that demands everything be spoken in the present tense in order to give the impression that they have “breaking news”, whatever the hell that means, so they use participles and gerunds in place of verbs.
By the way, this phenomenon extends beyond our local newscasters; just listen to the Detroit newscasters some time because they will prove my argument in spades.
So, the next time you turn on the television to listen to the news, pay attention to the presentation. You will be appalled by what you hear and how it is said.
FROM THE TOP EDUCATOR
This is not from a newscaster but it is from some one who should know better and succinctly adds to my rant.
No wonder children do not know correct English. Find, identify and correct the error in the following piece.
BONUS: Identify the perfect irony of this example.
“One in four students coming into Grade 9 are taking at least one course in technical education,” Fister said.
Superintendent of education, Dan Fister, GECDSB, in a Dave Waddell story, “Skilled trades trending”, The Windsor Star, Wednesday, February 4, 2015.