CBS article on illiteracy riddled with spelling errors, punctuation mistakes

A CBS New York article on illiterate high-school graduates caught our attention today, and for all the wrong reasons. Despite bemoaning the fact that 80 percent of recent New York City graduates lack basic reading skills(!), the article itself is loaded with spelling errors and grammatical mistakes:

“I was nervus about how hard it was going to be, how much of a chnage it was going to be from high school,” Gonzalez said. “I knew I needed to take remedial, If I started right away with credit classes it wasnt going to be so well, so it’s better off starting somewhere.

“They get lost sometimes in the classrom and in CUNY Start we give them a lot more one-on-one attention, small grouip work. It helps theem achieve more in a short amount of time and so they’re able to get on with their credit classes,” Mason said.

Here’s the best part: we have no clue who “Mason” is. That name appears nowhere else in the piece.

Nicholas Gonzalez, a graduate of New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn, participated in the CUNY Start program. He said he would never had been able to face college credit classes without it.

That’s not all. The original version of the article contained a subhead that misspelled the word “immersion”:


It takes a lot of restraint for us not to print the article out, circle the errors with a red pen, and send it to the station with a big “F” on it.

Nobody’s perfect, but a major news organization should be able to do better. At the very least, CBS New York’s copy editor should be flogged with cords of shredded newsprint. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to go scream into a pillow out of linguistic frustration.


Several readers noted the typo “theem” in the quote from “Mason.” We don’t have a screen shot or cached copy of the original CBS article, so we can’t confirm that it was CBS’ error. We suspect it was.

  • RagamuffinB

    You missed the double ‘e’ in them in the Mystery Mason quote. 😉

  • DizzyMissL

    You have GOT to be kidding me. Hopefully, this came from The Onion

  • twinx

    Maybe Donna Brazile proofed it.

    • freeinaz

      My money is on Maxine Waters doing the proof reading and she did it 170 million times

  • TugboatPhil

    Ever since I took the Evelyn Woodhead Sped Redding Course my redding has improvd one hunerd per sint.

    • SpinMeNot

      I seen that coarse, but I talk slow and doant need tu reed faster.

      • sentforth5

        also, my comprension improvved wonderfooley!

        • 1azuce

          U ghuyz dont no how 2 spall. huhhuh

          • zzyzxroad


    • Jeffrey Harbin

      F u cn rd ths u r prbly alrdy mplyd at CBS as a prfrdr.

    • Adi

      Dont kow munch aboot spead reddin butt I is an excerpt into spead worting.

  • SpinMeNot

    In a world where the Microsoft Word spell checker claim that “irregardless” is a word, causes the word “irregardless” to become a word now found in dictionaries … a few spelling errors should be considered creative writing.

    And yes, I acknowledge my typing is horrible and that I misspell many words. Irregardless of that, my point comment is protected by my right to be stupid, at least that is what SecState Kerry told me.

    • mike_in_kosovo

      Halp us Jon Kerry!

      • Adi

        He’s hapless!

        • DaPicayune

          Awenaw, he gust a haplis Jigalow, dontcha no? He think we stoopid, but with hiz wife’s hellph, he mite Katchup from beein beHeintz.

          (Hey See BS, can I be ur peroofreeder know?)

    • EstepsAmerica

      Irregardless? Seriously? Maybe some intern was just being mischievious. He should of been hung like the looser he is.

      • SpinMeNot

        Seriously? yes, irregardless is now found a number of dictionaries. The better ones actually indicate it as being non-standard usage, and it all started with Microsoft Word not flagging it as a spelling error.

        However, your comment triggered a thought: Should the fact that “irregardless” is now a “real” word be surprising. Dictionaries are effectively a reference work with valid academic standing (a dictionary can be cited in a peer reviewed paper). Academia is largely controlled by the progressive left, and that “irregardless” technically means “without having regard to having regard”. It makes complete sense, as LPPs generally have regard for nothing but themselves.

        And yes, my mind is like continually watching new episodes of the classic PBS program, “Connections”.

        • Mead

          If they’re adding words solely because they get used by morons who don’t know better, then shame on them.

      • Mapache


        • marcellucci

          No….He’s “hung like a loser”…we don’t mean him no harm….

    • suztours

      Back in the mid-70s, a cafe called “Irregardless” opened in Raleigh, NC. While we all knew that “irregardless” was not really a word, the play on the non-word for the cafe worked, and it’s still a popular spot in downtown Raleigh today! See for more.

    • ceemack

      Let’s talk about the fact that “alright” is now in the dictionary.

  • Maxx

    CBS …..Consistently Bad Spelling or the network that Conservatives Bitch Slap.

    You decide.

    • TexSizzle

      The network where you see b.s.

  • Miss Clairee

    Hahahahahahahaha! And libs continue to BASH THE SOUTH! Hahahaha! My 16 year old is in college already! Hahahahaha!

    • Canadian in USA

      She’s probably way smarter too.

    • mdtljt

      Ssshhhhh!!! Let ’em keep thinking we’re dumb as stumps…it makes nonchalantly knocking them to the mat so much more fun for us…and embarrassing for them when it happens in front of their little lib/prog friends…bless their hearts…

      • Miss Clairee

        Ewwwww. Good idea. I didn’t think about that! I gess I wil havta remmembir that in tha fewchur. Thank ye fir tha advice.

    • $23629333

      I always recommend to my Southern kin that they simply secede quietly, and graduates of the Blue State schools – the so-called “low information voters” – won’t even notice.

  • Mama Bear

    LOL @ pudding pop “reporters”. Where is this person’s editor? Journalism is dead in the mainstream.

  • Lord Foggybottom

    “It helps theem achieve more…” Journalizm iz ded. Loong liv jurnalizm.

    • TheOriginalDonald

      Huked ahn fpniks werks four mii!

  • TJ

    One has to wonder if the spelling errors was done on purpose in a form of parody. It is unlikely that 80% of recent NY graduates do not browses the internet. You can’t go online for 2 minutes even to read or send tweets if one can not read. One might not spell at a proficient level as spell check and auto corrects have made it a skill that is not needed and just a click away.

    • jgeorgia2000

      My thoughts as well.

    • auntybrat

      If anyone relies on spellcheck, they are doomed to look illiterate…..;)

  • auntybrat

    Without even reading all the other comments, I see a few more spelling errors (or typos) that were not highlighted: ” nearly 80 percent of those who graudate from NYC high” I presume that should read ‘graduate’. That was just the first…

  • auntybrat

    Oh, and yes! THIS editor/grammarian is certainly tempted: “It takes a lot of restraint for us not to print the article out, circle
    the errors with a red pen, and send it to the station with a big “F” on

    But I probably couldn’t stop myself at “F” and would have to add a few choice editorial comments…better I restrain myself……….:)

  • Garth Haycock

    CBS likey words.

  • Raye09

    Computers are fast, but they are also stupid.
    Remember this next time you rely on spell check.

  • InformNow

    IMHO, CBS doesn’t report accurately. Why should they write and print accurately?!

  • CynicOwl

    Howard Stern’s “David Dinkins’ Speech Institute” is running on a constant loop in my head now.

  • rennyangel2

    Must have bin writen by won of the NYC gradautes.

  • ZombieDachshund

    The 80% referred to those students who went on to attend a community college in NYC. This did not refer to ALL high school students. The headline is very misleading. What percentage of HS students went on to attend community college? The 80% figure would apply to that number, NOT the total number of HS students in NYC. This article is a failure all around.

  • capisce

    On the bright side, they all know how to put a condom on a banana.

    • $23639361

      …and the sad thing is, whey they eventually have sex, the boy will probably stupid enough to think he has to actually put a condom ON A BANANA (instead of his pecker) so the girl won’t get pregnant.

  • Alan Posey

    CBS says, brawndo it’s got what plants crave.

    • DavidKramer

      it has gotten elektrolytiks

  • tredglx

    Nanny Bloomberg should ban stupid instead of Slurpees.
    Of course, he’d effectively be banning himself…

  • RightThinking1

    CBS is trending down. It seems that if they have to compost compose there their own text, they find themselves at a loss. They seam seem to do a far fair job when they simply add the ‘CBS’ hater header to White House press exhaust releases and posit post it as news.

    • DaPicayune

      Maybe they just print their lies, er,..sorry,.. news stories, from their Truth Minister, V. Jarrett, as is,… just as she sends’em?

      No wonder Bozo has sealed all his written records and has to rely on his scripted teleprompter training wheels. Come on See BS, spill the beans, what gives, eh?

  • Typewriterstreaming

    The only thing I find surprising is that Sheryl Atkinson stays with CBS.

  • $23629333

    So, New York City schools are graduating students unable to spell, unlikely to find gainful employment and unwilling to vote for the Republican Party? If you’re a portsider, one out of three is good.

  • RichardBlaine

    Careful, now… mustn’t bruise their fragile self-esteem!

  • G.

    Third para, under CUNY, word is “theem:…irony is a bitch….actually the irony is where you highlighted the mis-spelled words and missed this one…just sayin’

  • rightpower

    There’s also “theem” for “them” in the sample.

  • Guest

    The ACLU is adamant in its opposition to drug testing for welfare recipients. I suggest that these, let’s face it, future additions to the welfare rolls, have to get through
    “The Cat in the Hat” before a single benefit is assigned.

    • DaPicayune

      Sure, why not. I bet if you got their favorite shake-down artist, er, .. pardon, Black Leader, Jessie Jaaaakaason, who’s famous for his humorous rendition of “Green Eggs and Ham, Sam I am”, to administer the reading test,…they’ll go all in for your qualification. Here’s Jessie at his best ever, but on NBC’s SNL:

  • Kristen Fife

    Unlike many of the posters that are spoofing this, I will state that I am *deeply* concerned with all the “acceptable” errors in media publishing I see on a daily basis. It’s no wonder that our students are struggling with such poor follow through. As a former columnist, I can tell you that *my* editor never let me get away with such atrocious mistakes. Shame on CBS!

  • Michael Rice

    This is just like an article featuring liberals who call conservatives racist.

  • littleones

    Commin Coar is gonna fix dis.

  • fred

    theez peeple cant spel for shit

  • DANEgerus

    CBS News only uses Word to create fraudulent documents to smear Republicans in October….

  • Millie_Woods

    It’s hard to learn if you don’t pay a tension.

  • origionalwinja

    hukd on fonix wurkd fur mee!!

  • freeinaz

    They must be hooked on phonics…