Let’s start with a dictionary definition of “macho” when used as an adjective:
Having or characterized by qualities considered manly, especially when manifested in an assertive, self-conscious or dominating way.
Now, let’s bring in another word – “awful.” Per some intrepid efforts today by Think Progress senior editor Annie-Rose Strasser and The Huffington Post, that’s the adjective ABC News correctly, subsequently opted for after having altered its “Women Olympians Getting Hurt on
Macho Sochi Slopes:”
A spokesperson from ABC News informed The Huffington Post in an email that the headline has been changed, adding, “We completely agree that it was an awful headline.”
New York-based Quartz reporter Gwynn Guilford shared a brief but salient summary of an inane international news story trail about folks in smog-shrouded Beijing reportedly being forced to make do with a daily, digital sunrise. The erroneous reportage started via Manhattan-based Daily Mail writer James Nye (pictured) and mutated to outlets including Time, cbsnews.com and The Huffington Post. Let’s start with the Time article corrections, posted January 17 and somehow, 9:20 p.m. ET later today:
Correction: The original post did not mention that the large screens in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square broadcast panoramic scenes on a daily basis, regardless of atmospheric conditions, nor did it state that the sunrise was part of a tourism commercial.
Deadline Detroit columnist Alan Stamm this weekend was all over a sloppy bit of reporting about Flint by PolicyMic writer Laura Dimon. There were a number of issues with the article, including a couple of egregious photo errors.
The first photo mistake, rectified late Friday (without a correction note) via the removal of the offending image, had the Israeli street at-right framed as being in Michigan:
An uncredited photo of a street in Ramla, Israel, accompanied the article until after 10 p.m. Friday. A Redditor named Sam first noted that incongruity Friday afternoon. He proves the error with a Google Street Maps image and posts:
“I thought I was hallucinating at first, but this picture is not actually from Flint. I know this because I lived in the place pictured almost my entire life. It’s a city in Israel called Ramla. I’m really confused as to why this picture is featured in the article and I’m a little creeped out.”
Earlier today, we caught a typo in the New York Post. Instead of Jonah Peretti, media columnist Keith J. Kelly had as the winner of Adweek‘s Digital Editor of the Year one “John Peretti.” (The typo has since been fixed.)
However, that slip-up can’t hold a candle to the litany of errors the Post and many other outlets made with another, less famous person’s name. As documented today by iMediaEthics reporter Sydney Smith on the one-year anniversary of the tragic subway incident death of Ki-Suck Han, various wrong versions of this Queens resident’s name were widely disseminated. The Post for example got it wrong three different ways, and like many outlets tracked and re-contacted by Smith, failed to quickly correct.
The Daily News also had tri-trouble with the spelling. In terms of major New York dailies, only the New York Times got it right. From Smith’s piece:
Night Metro editor Peter Khoury quickly responded to our inquiry last year asking how the Times got the correct spelling. According to Khoury, the Times verified the spelling with the police and public records.
It’s by now an all-too-familiar breaking news scenario. Something wholly or partially incorrect gets tweeted out; one or more mainstream media (MSM) outlets pick up on that information; the information is then proven to be false.
Today’s snarled outlet is Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe and Mail. As horrible shooting events unfolded this morning at LAX’s Terminal 3, the paper picked up on a since-deleted tweet from @HeadIineNews (spelled with a capital “i” in place of the usual small “l” in headline). Per a quick summary report on Gawker:
The Globe and Mail published a shocking report attributed to the LAPD that former NSA chief Michael Hayden had been shot dead in the incident, and that a “radical Christian group” had claimed responsibility.”
Canada’s Sun News Network and the BBC both repeated the hoax report without a source, and all have since scrubbed the claim from their sites.
On Monday, outlets across the sports spectrum were marking the 10th anniversary of the infamous “Steve Bartman game” at Wrigley Field. This morning, it was time for another related 10th anniversary – radio host Dan Patrick revisiting the prank call to ESPN Sports Center that he fielded on this date in 2003 from Howard Stern foot-in-mouth soldier Captain Janks (a.k.a. Tom Cipriano).
“What you consider to be one of the worst moments of your career I consider to be one of the best moments of my prank phone calling career,” Janks said.
By now, you may have heard about a misguided bit of high-tech media registration business that went down at New York Comic Con on Thursday and into the early hours of Friday, before being wisely suspended. We could summarize, but in this case we’ll let Jill Scharr, a writer for Tom’s Guide US, tell you exactly what it felt like:
Many people, including this reporter, activated their Comic Con badges using a social media account and were surprised yesterday to find posts to their Twitter feeds that they themselves hadn’t written. Examples included “Best four days of my life!” or “Getting my daily dose of #NYCC!” with an attached link to NYCC’s Facebook page.
Other users found unauthorized posts to their Facebook pages from Comic Con.
At the top of the list of people it could be most dangerous to get information wrong about is professional boxers. Not so much that these athletes will hunt you down, but rather, if-when you run into them at a subsequent event, it could get a little “tussle-y” with the pugilist and-or their entourage.
Now… multiply that scenario by 18 and it produces the J-KO (our acronym for Journalism Knockout) that took place at website boxscorenews.com. They’re blaming another outlet, but still:
Earlier today, Boxscore ran a report from The Boxing Observer claiming that 18 boxers tested positive following the September 12, 2013 matches in Las Vegas. Upon further review and follow-up, Boxscore news editors have deemed this story was based incorrectly on an earlier email from an official of the Las Vegas Boxing Commission…
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