It’s no real news that online publications don’t devote enough resources to sub-editing, and this appears to be true even in the largest of titles. Take this example from UK uber-tabloid The Sun. The teaser for a minor story about Jane Horrocks proclaims unambiguously: “BRIT actress Jane Horrocks reveals her weaver great-gran was reason she appeared in Ab Fab”. Yet this turns out to be a quite serious mis-reading, as the first couple of paragraphs make clear:
In the fifth of this six-part series of Who Do You Think You Are?, Jane, who made her name playing ditzy Bubble in Absolutely Fabulous, reveals her great-grandma Sarah was the reason she agreed to appear in the show. “I look quite like her and wanted to find out more about her,” explains Jane, 42.
Clearly, some overworked online slave didn’t skim far enough to discover the truth. Hardly an earth-shattering error, but you’d think The Sun, which is still Britain’s biggest-selling paper, could afford to avoid that kind of problem.