Great moments in journalism: CNN interviews man who pinpoints origin of California earthquake—and it’s not what they thought

From The Washington Post:  Breaking news coverage is challenging: Updates are flying in from everywhere; official sources don’t communicate everything they know; competition is brisk; and there are pranksters, as MSNBC learned earlier this summer upon the downing of MH17. Someone claiming to have been a U.S. military official got on the network’s live coverage [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: the J-school diploma with a huge spelling error

Oops: Read all about it.  H/T Patrick Madrid. [Read more...]

Great moments in journalism: Fox News confuses NAACP with NCAA, just as SNL predicted

Wow. Life imitates television. That’s a scary thought. From Mother Jones:  On Tuesday morning, Fox & Friends First host Heather Childers referred to the UConn Huskies as “NAACP national champs.” This is funny, because what she meant was “NCAA national champs.” The NAACP is the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which, among other things, mounted anti-lynching campaigns in the [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: the longest-overdue correction ever in The New York Times?

Get a load of this:  An article on Jan. 20, 1853, recounting the story of Solomon Northup, whose memoir “12 Years a Slave” became a movie 160 years later that won the best picture Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night, misspelled his surname as Northrop. And the headline misspelled it as Northrup. The errors [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell interrupts congresswoman to report on Justin Bieber

You can’t make this stuff up. [Read more...]

Great moments in journalism: the shocking bigotry of U.S. News & World Report

I would normally ignore something like this. But when it appears in a media outlet as prominent as U.S. News & World Report, this demands attention. The author, Jamie Stiehm, takes issue with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s New Year’s Eve ruling in favor of the Little Sisters of the Poor—and then unleashes what can [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: local TV news that keeps repeating itself

If you want to know which writer in America is read more than any other…it has to be the wizard who wrote the copy in this clip.  This sterling prose was read, verbatim, by dozens of local news anchors around the country. This is just…just… Words fail. Literally. Watch. [Read more...]

Great moments in journalism: how the political elite shut down a documentary on Hillary

Acclaimed film maker Charles Ferguson unloads over at Huffington Post, and explains what derailed his proposed documentary for CNN.  After detailing how the project got launched, he describes the astonishing backlash that followed, from both the Left and the Right.  All of which leads to this sad conclusion: When I approached people for interviews, I [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: priest fathers a child, newspaper smirks

From the New York Daily News, and reporter Lee Moran, here’s my nominee for the cheesiest Catholic news story of the year.  Moran should have his knuckles rapped with a ruler, and his editor should be forced to stay after class and clean the blackboard. Take a look:  A Catholic priest in California is about [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: Does the NY Times hate Cardinal Dolan?

My blog neighbors over at Get Religion get the scoop on an important story that needed a followup—and never got one. Details:  What should we make of The Times coverage of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee abuse lawsuit? On 1 July 2013 The Timesprinted a story entitled “Dolan Sought to Protect Church Assets, Files Show”. [Read More...]