Sunday, May 08, 2016

"INNEDIATE ATTENTION," Doggy "dinging" fans: Proofreaders badly needed at City, County, St. Augustine Record

Spectacular incidence of misspellings in City of St. Augustine, St. Johns County and St. Augustine Record writings.

o Former Florida State Legislature proofreader, our estimable City of St. Augustine Public Affairs Director PAUL WILLIAMSON, as lugubrious a goober as ever made a chair squeak, issued an e-mail on the County's boil water notice, clarifying that it did not apply to City water customers. WILLIAMSON wrote:

From: Paul Williamson
To: Wanda Bray
Sent: Sat, May 7, 2016 9:46 am
Subject: INNEDIATE ATTENTION - Clarification of Water Boil

May 7, 2016

[Editor: Please add the following to all media reports related to this item]

Clarification to boil water notice

The boil water notice issued by St. Johns County Utility System DOES NOT include City of St. Augustine Utility customers.

For more information, call St. Johns County Utility System at 904.209.2745.

o St. Johns County Administrator MICHAEL DAVID WANCHICK's staff made a presentation about "Doggy dinging" at the May 3, 2016 County Commission meeting, or so one viewgraph said.

o St. Augustine Record proofreaders must be dyslexic or drinking alcohol when they put the newspaper to bed.  In 1995, on its 100th anniversary, the headline was on Jay Leno: "100 YEARS OF PUBIC SERVICE."  Some recent examples of headlines from the electronic version:

Guest Coklumn (sic): Florida lags in humane treatment of animals   05/08/16 - 12:03am 

Jack Levine: Guardian ad Litum (sic): A voice for the children   04/30/16 - 9:35pm 

John Kass: Trump, Clinton spare (sic) by Gaffe Immune Disorder   04/30/16 - 12:43am 

Letter: Keep politicians out of the freee (sic) market   04/29/16 - 12:03am 

By the way, blonde bean-counter DELINDA FOGEL, St. Augustine Record Publisher, who proposed having free volunteer proofreaders at the notoriously misspelled St. Augustine Record, is leaving town -- going to become Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Morris Publishing Group in Atlanta, Georgia.  

"Freee" at last, "freee" at last, thank God Almighty, we're "Freee" at last!

When I complained to her in 2014 about terroristic anonymous death threats against City officials by anonymous Record commenter about Mumford & Sons, she asked, "Do you have a degree in journalism?"  I responded, "No, but I was interviewed by The New York Times last week (for the obituary on Oak Ridge National Laboratory whistleblower "Bud" Varnadore, my former client). When I complained about bigoted posts, the Publisher (and now MPG CFO) said, "Well, maybe you shouldn't read it, then."

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