Thicket of Lies sank an apostrophe

“Thicket of Lies Sank Adams Case”.  The Oregonian reports.  Either dishonestly or misleadingly.

Well, the primary lie comes out of Beau Breedlove’s credibility problem.  Adams’s lawyer grabbed him at the go and had him sign an affadivit declining any sexual conduct before the age of 18.  This conflcited with his later admission of the bathroom stall kiss.  And couple this with Breedlove’s perceived flakiness in his fifteen minutes of fame.

But that headline.  Surely the Oregonian has made up its mind on whence where Adams should go.  And they can turn over their editorial page to a nonstop drumbeat of “Oust Adams Now” and remain firmly in their right.  Meanwhile, the front page headline “Thicket of Lies Sank Adams Case” is as narrowly correct as the Kroeger case was narrowly legalistically founded.  Clearly the Oregonian would like an implied apostrophe — “A Thicket of Lies” having indeed sank “The Adams Case” as opposed to “Adams’s Case”* having been sank by “A Thicket of Lies”.

Back to Breedlove for a moment.  Regarding this sentence in the Willamette Week’s pull:
Beau Breedlove is a puzzle wrapped in an enigma.

Perhaps you can say that, but there’s nothing in the following to support such.  He’s cahsed in on his 15 minutes of fame for a small fortune, and has developed a passive / aggressive stance toward the media — the latter aided in part with being pitted with, for instance, the Oregonian text message taunt of — what was it?  “Forgot to mention that one, eh?”, when such and such a revelation was made.

Really, I get the feeling the reporters of various news outlets are so entrenched in this media bubble that they can’t quite get outside of it and recognize a more than one-dimensional interaction with them.
(Incidentally, The Oregonian back-tracked.)

* My Junior Year High School English teacher “finalized” my understanding of the rules of apostrphes.  Though, if a superior demands no “s” to follow a name/word that ends with “s”, I’ll comply — ’tis the one lesson I picked up from my Sixth grader teacher.  Which brings me to some Style and Grammer news:  The British have dropped the ‘I Before E Except after C’ rule due to “Too Many Exceptions”.

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