Editors and fact-checkers fix Sarah Palin’s resignation speech

Vanity Fair has given us a fantastic illustration of how editors, copy editors, and fact-checkers can improve any piece of writing– even Sarah Palin’s “word salad” of a resignation speech:

If you watched Sarah Palin’s resignation speech, you know one thing: her high-priced speechwriters moved back to the Beltway long ago. Just how poorly constructed was the governor’s holiday-weekend address? We asked V.F.’s red-pencil-wielding executive literary editor, Wayne Lawson, together with representatives from the research and copy departments, to whip it into publishable shape. Here is the colorful result.

Vanity Fair has posted edited versions of all eleven pages of the speech. Here are pages 1 and 5 of the speech to give you a taste of what they’ve done:

Palin resignation letter edited


Thanks to Andrew Sullivan’s The Daily Dish blog for the tip.

2 responses to “Editors and fact-checkers fix Sarah Palin’s resignation speech

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  2. I’m a writer and would welcome the editors of Vanity Fair to edit my book, When someone has something they think could be important to society, they want to be sure they get their point across in clear and concise language. These editing notes are accurate and what a writer would expect from someone editing their work.