Hello sweetheart, Get me rewrite*!

Ars Technica looks at the “hot news” controversy, The Associated Press’s latest attempt to reign in their content.

* — Back in the older days, reporters would use the telephone to call back to the newspaper office and talk to a rewrite man, who who take the reporter’s notes and sentences they had already written (if any) and write a coherent news story.

Because the reporter was calling into a switchboard (with all women operators), hence “sweetheart.”

(Image is of Fred MacMurray in “False Witness” a TV drama featuring a reporter who finds in evidence in an old murder case.

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