Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Like my headline? Sign me up, New York Times! Okay, sometimes I have typos or interject a few less than objective comments on various topics here. But I’m an ad blogger, so it’s okay. Journalists though are supposed to be held to higher standards. (Least that’s what Huffington Post tells us.) So when I came across this NBC New York article, I had to reread it a few times to make sure it wasn’t a joke. (I highlighted the best parts for you in a larger version, because that’s what bloggers do.)
If journalism wants to take some “higher road” when it comes to fact-checking and credibility, fine. First, cover off things like grammar and objectivity, then we’ll talk. That a major media outlet like NBC let writing like this slip by is becoming standard operating procedure for the industry. I’ve seen way too many news outlets such as the AP, Excite news and others regularly publish material with duplicate paragraphs, typos and missing words.
Unfortunately, it again reinforces the idea that getting the news right now is more important than getting it right.
Posted 11:10 AM