A post by Yoni Goldstein at the National Post of Canada asserts, I hope with irony, that the copy editor in modern newsrooms is “basically, a human spellchecker and guardian of the newspaper’s arcane style guide, a set of rules (like whether to spell the word “aging” or “ageing”) most editors and reporters either ignore or forget.”
This has caused a stir among our kind. I first saw the link on a Facebook post by Testy Copy Editor and later read a spirited and pointed response from John McIntyre, who has said what needs to be said about this. See other responses here, here and here.
I still think that the post is meant to be humor, not because writers don’t sometimes believe the sort of nonsense the post puts forth, but because I just can’t believe someone would write such ignorant garbage. Indeed, with the layoffs, buyouts and transfers that have occurred in the past few years, I sometimes do feel undervalued and lonely, but I do not see myself as lowly. And I have great esteem for my fellow copy editors.