I try to keep a professional approach to my writing on this site, but sometimes, the “argh” just comes out.
The other day, I slammed CNN for their coverage of the Air Force aircraft that crashed in Kyrgyzstan.
This is the lede to another screw up:
(CNN) — A Navy intelligence specialist was charged Thursday in an espionage sting in which he allegedly sold documents marked “Top Secret” and “Secret” to an undercover FBI agent, according to the Navy.
The charges against Spc. 2nd Class Bryan Minkyu Martinare are for attempting to forward classified information to a person not authorized to receive such information, according to the Navy statement.
Do you see it?
If not, go to my ranks and rates page, then come back. It’s one of the more popular pages as real reporters check to make sure they got their facts down.
Don’t see it?
Answer these questions:
- What branch of the service has Spc. 2nd Class? (It’s in my book, too)
- What branch of the service does not have specialists 2nd class?
- How many specialists are there in the Navy?
- If you’re a copy editor, what would you do? Let this slide, or send it back?
Here’s the screen capture.
A note: Martinare was a petty officer second class.