I almost can't stand to watch the programs anymore. I find myself shouting at the screen "STRUCK, you moron, it's STRUCK! It happened in the past! Use the past tense!"
Just to help out the good folks at NOVA with a few examples:
- There WAS an earthquake in Japan. The tsunami STRUCK the power plant. There is no earthquake going on right now.
- Leonardo da Vinci PAINTED a painting. Leonardo is dead. He is not currently painting a masterpiece (so far as we know.)
- The US BOMBED Hitler's dams. Hitler is gone. WWII is in the past. We are not bombing Hitlers dams. Or, if we are, we'd better let the President know, because there will be some serious explaining to do.
- The molten lava COVERED Pompeii. It KILLED people. Molten lava is not currently covering Pompeii. The eruption is not killing people. If there is a volcano erupting at Pompeii right now, I think that would be better reported on the PBS News Hour.