Miami New Times editor Chuck Strouse engaged in a bit of stretch in a blog post Thursday when writing about the new content sharing agreement between the Sun-Sentinel and the Herald.
Chuck starts off with this line: "The Sun-Sentinel screwed with Miami Herald readers this morning. Or so it seemed."
His post talked about the Herald's first use of a by-lined Sun-Sentinel story in its pages and then climaxed with Chuck castigating the Herald for dropping the hyphen in the Sun-Sentinel byline.
My guess is that Chuck was implying that copy editors at the Herald were somehow striking back at their former arch-enemy Sun-Sentinel by **GASP!!** leaving out the hyphen in the paper's name.
I left a comment that poked fun at Chuck for nit-picking. Chuck didn't approve my comment, and in a bit of self-censorship he deleted the line in his post about the Herald dropping the hyphen.
He did, however, leave this line in his post: "Was this a twisted joke?"... rendering the original post an incomprehensible mess.
Readers are, no doubt, now scratching their heads and wondering: "What joke is he talking about?" And he never explains how the Sentinel "screwed with Herald readers..."
There once was a time when Miami New Times was right on target with some its critiques of the Herald. But this post by Chuck is downright silly...and a little weird.
I just picked up a copy of New Times today. The paper is now down to 72 pages from an average of 80 pages.
But it wasn't too long ago that the paper averaged a fat and sassy 132 pages. But that was then and this is now.
Chuck; you've got your own share of problems over there at the New Times Tower.
Probably best not to worry about how the Herald has misplaced a few punctuation marks! Just sayin'!