Monday, October 25, 2010
When it comes to news lately, forget right, people want it right now. The Associated Press has a newsfeed site called My Way all too happy to deliver. Their tagline says ‘No Banners. No pop-ups. No kidding.’ Missing from that should be ‘No editor.’ Like many *news* sites and link dumps using iReporters™ these days, getting it right now often trumps getting it right. Not that I can throw stones at glass houses when it comes to typos, but online publications have gotten worse over the years in terms of duplicate paragraphs, incorrect attribution or personal opinions injected into the reporting mix that make no sense. (Hello horror show that is nbcnewyork.com.) This one with Randy and Evi Quaid fleeing to Canada, while sloppy, is typical. Normally, a story involving Randy Quaid and the sentence “We are requesting asylum from Hollywood star whackers” would be reason enough for me to blog about it. However, check out the last two paragraphs and tell me where the hell THAT stuff came from.