Saturday, October 02, 2010

Someone was lucky

Here’s the lede to an NZPA story published on Stuff:

“Nelson police believe they are lucky not to be dealing with a homicide after a man was bashed and left unconscious for seven hours in Nelson overnight.”

Police are lucky? Isn’t it the man who was lucky to have been found before it was too late? Or, could it be a lazy reporter wrote nonsense?

“The man's life-threatening injuries included several fractures, and it was lucky he had not died, [Nelson Police Sergeant Blair] Hall said.”

Sounds like the police certainly knew where the luck lay, and it wasn’t with them. Sadly, it didn’t lie with readers, either. The reporter should have done better.

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