Great Moments In Disney-based Editing

ESPN.com has an article on the LA Clippers by Mike Downey that is featured on their front page as of the time I write this. It’s one of those wacky “I write the way that I talk!” articles that only I think I’m good at, talking about how the Clips are an actual team that could potentially do well instead of being the inspiration for the Washington Generals. Despite the fact that I don’t really like pro basketball, I’m reading through it anyway, and I get to this part:

I turn the clock back to June 1989. (It is my flashback, and I can do what I want.) Glen Rice is available in the draft. Glen Rice has been drilling jump shots for the University of Michigan and, depending on what book authors you believe, is possibly a future Republican vice presidential nominee, as well.

Now, I’m no editor, but I KNOW that’s not what Mike Downey wrote. This is what Mike Downey wrote:

 I turn the clock back to June 1989. (It is my flashback, and I can do what I want.) Glen Rice is available in the draft. Glen Rice has been drilling jump shots for the University of Michigan and, depending on what book authors you believe, is possibly a future Republican vice presidential nominee, as well.

See, Mike Downey’s dropping a reference to a report that Rice hooked up with Sarah Palin back in 1987 while she was a sports reporter in Alaska and he was a junior at the University of Michigan. The Wolverines went to Alaska to be part of the Great Alaska Shootout and… yeah, you get the idea.

While the implication wouldn’t be that bad in the story, the wording is a bit “PG-13″ for the Worldwide Leader and their Mickey Mouse overseers, so the editor kicked in a little extra wording to take the focus away from Rice and Palin’s love connection without having to throw away a paragraph of content, and at the same time have us eagerly awaiting Mitt Romney naming the former Heat, Hornets, and Lakers star as a running mate.

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