“…On the question of accuracy, Porter’s column has a clear factual error, which she now acknowledges. She reported that before Levant walked away, her daughter whispered, “You’re being mean to my mom.” In fact, as we see and hear on camera, Lyla said, “You’re talking to my mommy, you know that, right?”
Porter, who wrote the column the day after the protest, did not take any notes during her encounter with Levant – an issue for me. She wrote from memory and misremembered what her daughter had said at that particular time.
While Porter told me Lyla did say the words she reported at some point after the encounter, that’s not what the camera shows. In journalism, the words within quotation marks must be the exact words stated so this misquote is a journalistic lapse caused, I believe by not doing the proper due diligence of taking careful notes on assignment for the Star. Certainly journalists need notes to support what they publish, especially when it puts someone in a bad light.”