Great moments in journalism: the Philadelphia story and bias

  View image | gettyimages.com I was struck by these two competing headlines this morning. They offer quite a study in contrasts. From Voice of America: Catholic Church to Welcome Homosexuals at Philadelphia Meeting. A U.S. bishop says homosexuals will be able to attend a global meeting of Catholic families in Philadelphia during a visit [Read More...]

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Great moments in journalism: “Pope Franchise” appointed “head of catholic Christian”

Editing doesn’t get much worse than this. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and presume someone hit “publish” before proofreading this. From Lauderdale Daily News:  On Sunday, head of around 1.6 billion Catholic Christian around the world Pope Franchise came heavily on the weapons manufacturer countries and call them hypocrites if they call [Read More...]

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Great moments in journalism: worst TV news ad ever? Maybe.

Get a load of how WNEM TV (in Saginaw) is promoting its anchor team for sweeps: Some commentary on this here. As media observer Jim Romenesko notes: “Y’all know Julia Roberts was a prostitute in that movie, right?”  RIGHT? Shameless?  Yeah. Further proof, if any where needed, that the news business isn’t what it used to [Read More...]

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Great moments in journalism: AP’s correction on Robert Durst

Noted:  In the second item of the California 10th NewsMinute sent March 16 to users of the state broadcast wire, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Robert Durst is a member of a band. He is a real estate heir; Fred Durst is the former frontman of Limp Bizkit. Good to know. Image from Wikipedia [Read more...]

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Great moments in journalism: reporter lies in confession, records priests’ responses

From Catholic News Agency:  Laura Alari writes for Quotidiano Nazionale, which is headquartered in Bologna. She authored a series of four articles in the newspaper which disclosed the responses of priests in the area when she approached them under the pretext of seeking Confession.Alari went to Confession several times, inventing delicate issues for herself: she pretended [Read More...]

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Great moments in journalism: New York Times makes up a new country

From AdWeek: Sometimes a mistake is so embarrassing, it cycles all the away around the shame circle and becomes kind of awesome. Today’s case in point: Kyrzbekistan, a country accidentally invented by a New York Times piece that meant to reference the Central Asian nation Kyrgyzstan. In fairness, the story is otherwise quite compelling and [Read More...]

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Great moments in journalism: The New York Times correction on the pope’s “animals in heaven” remarks

Even Jesus had to do a face palm.  Classic:  Correction: December 12, 2014 An earlier version of this article misstated the circumstances of Pope Francis’ remarks. He made them in a general audience at the Vatican, not in consoling a distraught boy whose dog had died. The article also misstated what Francis is known to [Read More...]

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Great moments in journalism: you decide, we report

Media Bistro reported last week on a media summit featuring ABC News anchor David Muir. Tweets from the event reveal some of the editorial thinking now leading one of America’s premiere newscasts. Evidently it is the viewing public—which this morning is trending stories on Facebook about a man eaten alive by a snake and Bobby Moynihan’s [Read More...]

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