She said, he said, it said of? Of? Huh? Cappon Ch 8

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Writers sometimes plunge into the said of mode to clarify something that's already clear from context:
"It's rare. We don't usually get that many large petitions," Richard Markse, a railroad spokesman, said of the 300 signatures Fields collected.

--Cappon pg 70-71

I've seen this a lot when I copy edit for The Setonian. I don't do it myself, but only because I usually just finish my quotes with "said John Doe." or whatever, but I do see it a lot, so I understand why it's in this chapter, but at the same time, I can't imagine that a lot of professional journalists make this mistake--or at least, I hope copy editors pick up on it, because it's really redundant. It's the same thing as stating a fact and then having someone talk about the same fact in a quote. It's just dumb.

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