Are there no editors at the AP?

I am undone. The AP is currently running a story regarding the horrid beheading of a young American man. It is a personal, warm account of the remembrances of his various friends and relatives. So far so good.

So how did any self-respecting news organization let the following headline run against the story? Friends, Family Remember Beheading Victim

Perhaps in the future when folks are reading this entry in our archives, they will click through to the story a discover someone has modified the ghastly headline. One can only hope.


  1. angie
    May 12, 2004

    Hey, the article says he attended the University of Oklahoma! He sounds like a good guy to me! :)

    I do agree about the headline, though. Egad!

  2. Mom/Ruth
    May 12, 2004

    There’s already a different headline for the story you link. The one you quote is an editor’s worst nightmare.

  3. Martha
    May 17, 2004

    Tricia, you would love a book I just received: Eats, shoots and leaves by Lynne Truss. Join others who berate the state of English grammar today!