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...]

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...]

Great moments in journalism: Daniel Berger, doing his part to bolster MSNBC’s credibility

David Mills noted yesterday: “Pope Francis made a significant rhetorical break with Catholic tradition Monday by declaring that the theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real,” announced MSBNC reporter Daniel Berger. He is, to excuse him a little, a “policy wonk” who covers politics and whose favorite tv shows are The Rachel Maddow Show, Hardball with [Read More...]

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...]