Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Buzz Kill

High Times, that paragon of investigative reporting, broke a story about sexual hijinks at a prominent marijuana advocacy group. The Reliable Source article played the story straight, but the headline writers broke out in a fit of giggles. This is what the story ran under on page C1:
Trying to nip scandal in the bud
And the C2 headline read:
No high point for marijuana group
So in a serious story about workplace harassment, the copy desk decides they are Cheech and Chong. Just another example of the Washington Post going to pot.


  1. Some of the best and loudest laughter in my life has centered around writing headlines. When you write them for a punster like Lou Rukeyser, hilarity most definitely ensues.

  2. Congrats on being my first commenter. I hoped that this blog would strike a cord with ink-stained wretches, past and present.

  3. I don't mind pun-laden headlines, especially when they're a little sneaky. But then again, I grew up reading the NY Daily News, which was all about that sort of tomfoolery. (-:

  4. Newspapers always seem to have been addicted to the easiest, cheesiest puns in headlines...regardless of appropriateness.