Blog world secret: typos are not a huge deal; we make like five of them every day. Errors in a high-profile guest article, however, will seriously damage your credibility. This week Chrissy from Three’s Company took a break from bragging about how many times she has sex with her 77-year-old husband every day to write an anti-ObamaCare piece for the Wall Street Journal‘s new “experts” feature under the super-scary headline “The Affordable Care Act Is a Socialist Ponzi Scheme.”
She made the usual arguments about how this convoluted attempt to make healthcare more accessible would limit consumer choice and lead to dependence on the state before dropping two quotes that somehow escaped her editors:
“Widely disputed” means the first quote has been used and corrected repeatedly over the past 60 years.
Want to crib from the Wikipedia entry about your favorite sci-fi flick or swipe the lyrics from the Pokemon 2000 theme song? Those are dumb but acceptable choices. False quotes drawn from conspiracy theory email chains, however, will quickly sour your relationship with whatever respectable paper published them.
Maybe the WSJ should stick to letting “expert” Morgan Fairchild tell readers which Willie Nelson songs to play at their next party (though she couldn’t have come up with three more obvious choices than “Stardust”, “Crazy” and “Whiskey River”).
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