24 January 2008

You're doing what, exactly?

Rudy Klancnik's ESPN.com story on Mark Rypien's charitable work is heartwarming and inspirational, though lacking in information. The story gives readers a brief look at Rypian's life, and tells them that he founded and runs the Rypien foundation in memory of his son's death due to brain cancer. The article doesn't say what it is that the foundation does, and it focuses too much on Rypien's career, rather than his charity efforts. But Klancnik made a good try.

And it's lovely that he tried. But the article's headline is absolutely terrible: "After son's death, Rypien devoting life to foundation." Whose life, exactly, is being devoted? What foundation? For that matter, whose son? Very nearly unforgivable.

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