Now Randy Michaels, CEO of Tribune Co., recently issued a list of words and phrases he does not want WGN-AM reporters to use on the air.
Some make sense: “Two to one margin . . . (since) 'Two to one' is a ratio, not a margin. A margin is measured in points. It’s not a ratio." Or the mispronunciations of Iraq and Iran as "Eye Rack" and "Eye Ran."
Some are journalistic cliches:
- Area residents (why not just "residents"?)
- Clash with police
- Killing spree
- Our top story tonight
- Perfect storm
- Senseless murder
The entire list is available here.