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Comments for MediaBugs Blog http://mediabugs.org/blog Fix the news Tue, 23 Sep 2014 03:33:05 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.32 Comment on People think the press gets a lot wrong. Maybe they’re right. by AP’s complicated Seinfeld episode — MediaBugs Blog http://mediabugs.org/blog/2009/09/15/media-inaccuracy/comment-page-1/#comment-3965 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 03:33:05 +0000 http://www.mediabugs.org/blog/?p=63#comment-3965 […] one. But rather than getting into whether it’s important for such errors to be corrected (see here and here for why we believe it is), a simple question instead: why does it have to be so hard to […]

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Comment on Wall Street Journal runs unsupported Obama-shakeup story, then stonewalls questions by Endless quest for a fix at CNN — MediaBugs Blog http://mediabugs.org/blog/2010/11/10/wall-street-journal-obama/comment-page-1/#comment-3964 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 03:31:19 +0000 http://mediabugs.org/blog/?p=189#comment-3964 […] The point of slogging through this tale isn’t to pick on CNN, but rather to illuminate an endemic problem. CNN.com is hardly alone in its inaccessibility and unresponsiveness, as MediaBugs’ recently published national survey of news sites reveals. We’ve had similar experiences reporting errors via MediaBugs with Fox News, the LA Daily News, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. […]

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Comment on New York Times to Thomas Friedman: We won’t fix your error by The blotter: Week ending 28 August 2011 | ARTS & FARCES internet http://mediabugs.org/blog/2011/08/22/new-york-times-thomas-friedman/comment-page-1/#comment-564 Sun, 19 May 2013 15:02:52 +0000 http://mediabugs.org/blog/?p=516#comment-564 […] MediaBugs received an error report on a Thomas Friedman New York Times column from 2009. Accordingly, MediaBugs contacted Friedman and the Times. Friedman agrees that the column should be corrected. The Times refuses to fix the error, telling MediaBugs that “the error is too old to fix.” The Times editors refused to be quoted and referred MediaBugs to its communications department “for an official statement.” Here it is: “For practical reasons, the New York Times opinion pages do not customarily correct minor errors that are more than a year old.” Friedman reported that President George H.W. Bush (Bush the First) had signed the Rio Treaty while arguing that US “Republicans can claim as much credit for America’s environmental leadership as Democrats.” He didn’t and they can’t; not exactly a minor error for the US paper of record. […]

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Comment on MediaBugs teams up with NewsTrust’s Truthsquad to fix the news by Newsfoo 2011 – the rise of the fact-checkers « Sameer Padania http://mediabugs.org/blog/2010/11/15/mediabugs-teams-up-with-newstrusts-truthsquad-to-fix-the-news/comment-page-1/#comment-523 Wed, 21 Dec 2011 17:58:13 +0000 http://mediabugs.org/blog/?p=250#comment-523 […] article from Read Write Web on NYTimes.com. At the end of 2010, we conducted a second pilot with MediaBugs.org and RegretTheError.com, focusing on statements from reporters or commentators (not politicians). […]

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Comment on The case of the New York Times’ terror error by boredwell http://mediabugs.org/blog/2011/07/28/the-case-of-the-new-york-times-terror-error/comment-page-1/#comment-518 Sun, 02 Oct 2011 19:09:46 +0000 http://mediabugs.org/blog/?p=509#comment-518 The tips of iceberg can be quite large. As large as small mountains, in fact. The failure to make corrections in those archived articles means errors and misinformation can be referenced in perpetuity. Therefore, other topical reports may repeat the error using the error-laden original was used in research to write the article. Reading requires critical thinking. And the nose of a bloodhound.

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Comment on New York Times to Thomas Friedman: We won’t fix your error by Sherwin Arnott http://mediabugs.org/blog/2011/08/22/new-york-times-thomas-friedman/comment-page-1/#comment-515 Wed, 21 Sep 2011 22:19:27 +0000 http://mediabugs.org/blog/?p=516#comment-515 The error needs to be fixed. On the other hand, the New York Times’ mistake also needs to be a matter of public record. So the archive needs to, for integrity sake, make note of the original version as well as correct the error, lest someone be mistaken about the history. The correction should also be time stamped so that someone can tell just how long it was published incorrectly for.

It’s a good example of how bad reporting can spin history – which is often the point.

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Comment on The case of the New York Times’ terror error by Honoring the Warriors Shot Down by the Taliban « Cynical Synapse http://mediabugs.org/blog/2011/07/28/the-case-of-the-new-york-times-terror-error/comment-page-1/#comment-504 Sun, 07 Aug 2011 18:20:59 +0000 http://mediabugs.org/blog/?p=509#comment-504 […] anyone forget, the Taliban harbored bin Laden and al Qaeda when they were in charge in Afghanistan. This sanctuary allowed al Qaeda to plan and conduct the […]

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Comment on Three pillars of trust: Links, revisions, and error buttons by Jürgen Lorenz http://mediabugs.org/blog/2011/07/06/three-pillars-of-trust-links-revisions-and-error-buttons/comment-page-1/#comment-501 Fri, 08 Jul 2011 03:03:22 +0000 http://mediabugs.org/blog/?p=504#comment-501 I have finally unfollowed the Atlantic Wire because of their missing quality control. It’s not enough to run a story through the spelling checker. A human being needs to actually read the text to catch the wrong word—though instead of through. The writer substitutes a phrase and forgets to delete the original phrase. If a respected magazine doesn’t care about accuracy in their grammar or spelling, why should I trust the correctness or veracity of their story?

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Comment on Three pillars of trust: Links, revisions, and error buttons by anonymous http://mediabugs.org/blog/2011/07/06/three-pillars-of-trust-links-revisions-and-error-buttons/comment-page-1/#comment-500 Thu, 07 Jul 2011 23:34:54 +0000 http://mediabugs.org/blog/?p=504#comment-500 the real reason is (5) which is: corrections get journalists fired, and the last thing journalists want is another excuse to get fired, as if the journalism industry doesn’t supply lots already.

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Comment on MediaBugs goes national by MediaBugs: Where you fix the news! « Mark Follman http://mediabugs.org/blog/2010/10/27/mediabugs-goes-national/comment-page-1/#comment-489 Thu, 26 May 2011 15:57:47 +0000 http://mediabugs.org/blog/?p=174#comment-489 […] UPDATED, 10/27/10: MediaBugs has gone national. […]

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