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And despite my best effort in the item above, there's at least one AP Style typo! Copy editing and editors matter if you hold yourself to high standards. I know Mike Wilbon does. But these days, that degree of quality is often a luxury. We now fly without the safety net of the past. That puts the onus on each of us.
You're quite right about journalism's "dirty secret." Some of the "best" journalists I've known (and edited) are among the dirtiest when it comes grammar, punctuation, AP Style and, yes, accuracy. Copy editors have long made mainstream journalists look much better than many have deserved -- and with little thanks. Now, with cutbacks, particularly on the copy desk, many journalists are being exposed (I've never seen Mike Wilbon's copy raw, by the way). There's an honesty to blogging -- to putting yourself out there to the best of your ability for public scrutiny. Yet it's the bloggers who take the brunt of the criticism from the mainstream folks for being inaccurate, poorly written or poorly edited. That Alessandra Stanley was exposed (at least in the story mentioned) DESPITE still-existing layers of editing protection is even more troubling institutionally. Long ago, I tried out for the NYTimes sports copy desk. Over the course of a week, I edited an average of four stories a night! And I was not the only read on each story. I was bored to tears and didn't like the copy desk environment (for a wonderful overview of the Times' copy desk, see Robert Lipsyte's "SportsWorld: An American Dreamland). Didn't take the job. But I just checked the copy of "SportsWorld" on my book shelf to make sure I got the title right AND spelled Lipsyte's name correctly. Lipsyte would have, too. But the "dirty secret" is that many mainstream journalists don't.