You can't keep a good fact down
Posted by aogSaturday, 22 December 2007 at 12:11 TrackBack Ping URL

The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of going out and interviewing people mentioned in questionable media accounts. And the less I think some “journalists” will be pleased with the results.

Instapundit

I think that’s a wonderful trend as well. It’s just another way in which Old Media can’t bury the body of evidence of their bias. It interacts synergystically with Internet memory, where from now on, anybody in a dispute with the misquoting author can easily find and refer back the original misquoting. I suspect, though, that it will still take years or even decades before it’s generally assumed that deliberate misquoting is a bad career move.

P.S. This ties in with this post at Deep Black because the author at the center of Instapundit’s post could have defused this teacup tempest by confessing and correcting earlier. Everyone makes mistakes, so building a reputation for contrition and correction would serve to encourage people to take it up with you directly and not so publically, rather than brew up a counter-strike storm.

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