Media corrections of the year 2015

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With your coffee … From media analyst Robert Rector:

“An Oct. 1 editorial referred to Washington state Rep. Cathy McMorris, R-Colville as a ‘classy candidate.’ This page regrets the error.” — Lewiston Morning Tribune.

“Last week’s column mistakenly misidentified a source. The European Commission president is Romano Prodi, not Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”— The Prague Post.

“Reporter Amanda Hess, in a story published Monday, acknowledges she wrongly wrote that ‘one in three black men who have sex with me is HIV positive.’ In fact, the statistic applies to black men ‘who have sex with men.’” — Washington Citypaper. More.

Reality check: In the world of Mapes’s Truth and Hollywood’s Chappaquidick, we can at least note that these people still seem to believe that evidence, errors, and misrepresentations are actual categories.

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Anyone remember the legacy media “Pinocchio” fact-checking farce, where the Washpo fact checker couldn’t be bothered to read his own paper on the question of whether some Muslims in the New York City area rejoiced over 9-11?

Look, we understand not reading his paper, but he was getting paid to do it, so …


Donald Trump further vindicated on claims of “swarms” rejoicing at 9-11 – by CBS  Many media sources front myths and attack facts for what they see as the greater social good. More people should know that fact.

Hat tip: Powerline

  • I trust Buffy more frankly.

  • H

    I think that this one gets the prize:

    “The Ottawa Citizen and Southam News wish to apologize for our apology to Mark Steyn, published Oct. 22. In correcting the incorrect statements about Mr. Steyn published Oct. 15, we incorrectly published the incorrect correction. We accept and regret that our original regrets were unacceptable.”

    • Did this actually happen? (sarc/off)

    • Maggat

      Can you run that by me again, I couldn’t quite follow it. ;<)

    • Justin St.Denis

      Wow. Just…

  • A big part of the problem in the TV media is the “segue”: “A smooth transition from one topic or section to the next.”

    They just don’t know how to segue anymore, or they omit the segue altogether due to time constraints. The result is information chaos: e.g.: “Who or what are they talking about now, the big accident on 44th street or Dr. Marla’s opinion on whether dried chilies are good for your digestive system?” I think the butchering of the segue is due to an increasingly “ADHD” generation whose ability to focus and process information is seriously impaired. Hence, it’s often rapid-fire “machine gun” style reporting and commentary lacking even minimum context.

    I think that’s what happened in the Donald Trump case. Although CBS partly vindicated Trump with his “swarms rejoicing in New York” statement, it’s still a bit of a stretch. I think what actually happened is they showed a quick scene in New York then jumped to the Middle East without doing a proper segue, jumping around all over the place and the viewer would not know the difference. I watched Fox News do that yesterday in a commentary on Rubio and switch to a commentary about another candidate without making it clear to the viewer at what point they were suddenly talking about someone else. Very chaotic, and in the end the story becomes useless in terms of garnering anything factual.

  • moraywatson

    “Many media sources front myths and attack facts for what they see as the greater social good. More people should know that fact.”

    Curing others of their “greater social good” notions is a full time job, and a thankless one at that. Those who swallow the social justice mantra (utopia is so much easier to swallow than reality) become hostile in the face of facts. I am constantly reminded, by those who take offense at the truth, that is not the truth that hurts, but the finding out that you were deceived.