Monday, January 30, 2006


From the Star Tribune on their error corrections.   [Bolding mine]
In 2005, we published 611 corrections and clarifications, which seems an enormous number until you remember the newspaper comes out every day -- which means we averaged fewer than two per newspaper.  That wasn't too different from the totals some of my ombudsmen colleagues reported.  At the Oregonian in Portland, they published 800 corrections.  At the Hartford Courant, it was 666.  The Rocky Mountain News had 577 and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram printed 656.
The late David Shaw, media critic for the Los Angeles Times, once pointed out the difference between bloggers and journalists was that newspapers usually had 4-5 editors to vet every piece.   He was trying to demonstrate how much more accurate newspapers are than bloggers.

It isn't just facts the MSM get wrong.   Factual errors we can deal with.  It's the deliberate distortion that most readers find objectionable.   Who cares whether a picture of Elmer Fudd was mislabeled when Yassir Arafat and Fatah are consistently misidentified as "rebels" or "revolutionaries" and not the terrorists he was and they are.

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