Photo: Denver Post caption error even cracks up Prince Charles!

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When news broke in April that the Denver Post would lay off around two-thirds of its copy editors, some observers predicted a reign of error -- and there have certainly been some notable gaffes. But none have been funnier than the so-called "real caption" in a reader contest to come up with silly descriptions of a Prince Charles photo.

Here's a larger scan of the shot, by Jon Bond for WPA Pool/Getty Images.

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The Post asked readers to come up with new captions for the shot. The paper's favorites among the submissions were:

"Camilla, maybe we could hire this chap to make cover-up outfits for Harry and Kate!"

"The royals share a good laugh when Chalres [sic] tries to smoke the 'pipe' rather than beat the drum."

"Fifty shades of Charles."

Still, none of these can compare to what's described as the "real caption." Here it is:

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Yes, you read it right. The caption reads, "this is the caption and it will go on for as many words as it takes to make five lines, like this. this is the caption and it will go on for as many words as it takes."

Egad! The Post has inadvertently revealed the key to journalism. Now everyone will know that captions, articles and everything else spewed out by the press go on for as many words as it takes! The secret's out!

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RobertChase topcommenter

Reading the DP has become an exercise in the analysis of error and deficiency.  Thanks for revealing this evidence of the squirrelly mental processes at the DP -- what  they are doing with their time, as opposed to journalism.  If we read the DP, we will feel compelled to correct, to compensate, ultimately to explain how the embarrassment of its work-product came to be, and we are reduced to talking not about the essential challenges and opportunities facing us, but about how the institution supposed to apprise and engage the literate public in the issues of the day does not and can not.


Denver is in desperate need of journalism, but it has so many closed-minded, right-wing, ignoramuses barely able to tolerate even the DP, that there seems no hope that a competitor could arise, even with the DP as abjectly awful as it is.  This is all the more reason to wish it a speedy demise, because the advertising revenue and subscriptions sucked up by the DP could sustain something better.  Perhaps the rump readership of the DP in the fascist 'burbs would be content with something like a printout of the Drudge Report, with guest rants from Rush, but a small, progressive urban newspaper in the City proper employing literates might thrive.  Close the Post!

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