I keep thinking I should start a blog devoted to highlighting basic inaccuracies in professional journalism. We all make mistakes of course, but when one of the reasons professional outlets would say they are superior to mere bloggers is because of their journalism, their editing, their fact-checking, etc, this kind of stuff shows how often that argument falls down.
Not that I want to dance on the grave of worthwhile, quality reporting — it’s an important and valuable thing that I hope, in some fashion, can be sustained. But this kind of error is the sort of thing that someone who knows anything about the field in question should have picked up on, and that provides ammunition for equally dumb “blogging is the future of journalism” arguments.
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