Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Why indeed?

"A neighborhood dispute gets ugly. Why an off-duty police officer is accused of pulling his gun on his neighbor."

I so hate that style of teaser-writing. Why is he accused of it? Don't mean you'll tell the alleged reason he did it, not the alleged reason he's being accused of doing it?



At 3:08 AM, July 30, 2015 Blogger Barry Leiba had this to say...

Sorry: I don't get what you're complaining about here. They can't say "Why he pulled his gun," because that presumes that he did. They're going to tell you why he's accused -- that is, the alleged reason he did it, as you say. No?

Now, if they said, "Why [he] is accused of allegedly pulling his gun," then that would be badly written.

At 7:26 AM, July 30, 2015 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

The question here seems to be "why do they say he did it?" that isn't a questioning of whether he did it but their identification of him. It accepts that a gun was drawn and questions why they say it was him.


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