Wednesday, May 07, 2008

The NYT Gives Up on Verbs

The front page of my New York Times this morning led with with this headline (in all-caps): "Obama, Easily, in N. Carolina; Clinton, Barely, in Indiana."
Now, I've labored over many a headline and had many a headline nixed (that's a no-no word for headlines, just btw) by my editor to know how hard it is to write a good one. But a verb. All I ask from the NYT is a verb. Is that so much?
(It should be noted that the earlier versions of the paper--for the people who don't live in this glorious city--does have a verb in the headline: "Obama Wins North Carolina And Widens Gap in Delegates," presumably because Indiana was too close to call when those newspapers went to print.)


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