Monday, January 08, 2007

News cliches

As a member of the media elite, I often find myself surrounded by broadcast news and its hollow cliches. I've decided to see how many I can string together.

Me in 15 yearsFor the second time in as many days police are mourning one of their own, an officer who made the ultimate sacrifice.

He got more than he bargained for during a routine traffic stop in the wee hours of the morning. He had stumbled on a hotbed of activity, shots rang out, and he died in a hail of bullets, execution style.

Family members are holding a candlelight vigil at a makeshift memorial that marks the spot at this hour.

It could have been worse, though, as the officer's partner was only wounded and is now clinging to life. Family members say there's now way he'll throw in the towel.

The suspect, who often found himself on the wrong side of the law and was therefore known to police, fled on foot. He was apprehended thanks to the long arm of the law and now faces a laundry list of charges.

Police say they expect the judge to throw the book at the suspect.

Looks like I can pack 22 in there.

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4 Comments:

Blogger W said...

Yes, lots of cliches, but what of a spelling check?!

"Family members say there's now way he'll throw in the towel."

Maybe that's a good reason to avoid too many cliches, you can lose track of other writing considerations...? :)

January 08, 2007  
Blogger NaturalBlog said...

Ouch. In my defense, that's really more of a proofreading issue than one that can be solved with spell check. Maybe that helpful talking paper clip from Microsoft Word can lend a hand.

January 08, 2007  
Anonymous Pn said...

THIS JUST IN:
Spelling doesn't count on the radio...

IN OTHER NEWS: It does.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClqfJp4WBBQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KKXektRX3Y

January 08, 2007  
Blogger Kristen said...

So I take it the suspect wasn't a nice guy who kept to himself?

January 09, 2007  

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