Bill Clinton, Salon and the “Labor” party of the United Kingdom…

10/04/2002

Is it insulting? Probably not. Is it frustrating? Very definitely. Bill Clinton has given a speech to the Labour party conference in Blackpool – and it’s a good speech. A bloody good speech. So good, in fact, that it’s been transcribed completely for Salon.com. But all through the transcription, one thing sticks out like a journalistic sore thumb. Time and time again, the article changes the name of the British left from the “Labour” party to the Americanised “Labor”. It’s probably been done with a spell-checker by some half-arsed intern, but still… It’s unforgiveably bad journalism, laughably poor sub-editing, and atrocious proof-reading. Is it any wonder that people think America is insular and isolationist, if major press institutions can’t even be bothered to put in the ten seconds of effort it would take to spell the name of our governing party properly? If I could find an e-mail address, I’d send in a complaint.