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Major Media Outlets Pick Up Bogus Typewriter Story

Another egg in the face for news aggregators.

On Monday, the Daily Mail reported that the last company in the world still making typewriters was shutting down. They weren’t the first to report the story, and appear to have simply been regurgitating a week-old article by India’s Business Standard. The story was incorrect — there are still several companies in the world manufacturing typewriters — but that didn’t stop several major news outlets from running with it. USA Today, Huffington Post, PC Magazine, CBS News, and more reported on the death of the typewriter, all without bothering to fact-check.

Some of these media outlets haven’t even bothered to issue a correction. This is what happens when accuracy takes a back seat to page hits.

Hat tip Romenesko.

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