Great moments in journalism: TV station uses Nazi emblem to send Yom Kippur greetings to viewers

Details:  A Chicago television news station made a truly unfortunate art choice to accompany a segment on the Jewish High Holidays on Wednesday: the yellow Star of David that Jews were legally required to wear during the Holocaust. The stock photo was first flagged by a Chicago editor, who posted a screenshot of the WGN news [Read More…]

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Great moments in journalism: camerawoman trips fleeing refugees

The video says it all: That little stunt cost her her job:  A Hungarian camerawoman has been fired after she tripped refugees who were fleeing from police, her employer announced Tuesday. The incident, which was captured on video by a German correspondent Stephan Richter, occurred as dozens of refugees attempted to flee an overcrowded camp near the [Read More…]

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Great moments in journalism: attack on a woman becomes an attack on “women priests”—UPDATED

The story is horrible: The man who attacked and seriously burned a Queens woman Wednesday night — splashing her in the face with a Drano-like substance — snuck up and ambushed her as she walked alone to her car, law-enforcement sources said.  “Can I ask you something?” the assailant said, before hurling an off-brand drain cleaner in [Read More…]

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Great moments in journalism: is the pope Catholic?

The good people at the Times of London posted this correction today: No sweat. Thanks for clearing that up. [Read more…]

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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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