Thursday, 24 September 2009

The Press

Automated journalism fail

“Item:  Graphics used to illustrate a news story are supposed to be about the story, not where you filed it from.  Again: not where you filed it from.  Kthxbye.” - Roberta reacts to the AP’s use of a DC map to illustrate a KY story.  (She didn’t think much of the reporting, either.)
Credits:  Billy found it, and Tam chimed in.  Thus works the web.

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Thursday, 17 September 2009

The Press

It’s not “journalism,” it’s political advocacy


...They’re not trying to be objective journalists. They’re trying to be Hispanic journalists, which they clearly see as something different.


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Tuesday, 15 September 2009

The Press

“All I know is what I read in the papers”

...and sometimes, not even that! Dept

Whatcha get for believing the Washington Post and the New York Times (via Daily Pundit, Mark Steyn, and USS Neverdock):

Sydney Morning Herald (Paul Sheehan):
A week ago, the Herald ran a story which, in its essence, was not true.  The paper did not know this.  It was the unwitting victim of a distortion created at The Washington Post, which produced the original story.  The Herald’s headline, which reflected the story, said: “Right-wing ‘lies’ force Obama adviser out”.

The story began: “The White House environmental adviser, Van Jones, a towering figure in the environment movement, has resigned after weeks of controversy stemming from his past activism … In a statement announcing his resignation, Jones said, ‘They [his critics] are using lies and distortions to distract and divide.’ ”

No.  The distortions have come from Jones.  Far from being “a towering figure in the environmental movement”, Jones was appointed to the Obama Administration despite a past as a hate-mongering Marxist who reinvented himself as an environmentalist to further his political agenda...

The Irish Times:
In her column in last Saturday’s edition, concerning the difficulties being faced by President Obama, Lara Marlowe said that Canadian commentator Mark Steyn accused Obama of trying to establish a “personality cult” like Saddam Hussein or North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

This had been reported in the New York Times.  However, what Mr Steyn actually wrote was “obviously we’re not talking about the cult of personality on the Saddam Hussein/Kim Jong-Il scale.”

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Thursday, 10 September 2009

The Press

“A lengthy and remarkable correction”

The Los Angeles Times corrects a story on the 9th Circuit’s Ashcroft ruling.  Patterico has the story.

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