New York Times on the death of an unborn child

You might recall that the New York Times told readers Kermit Gosnell was on trial for killing fetuses rather than newborns. There was a similar problem at USA Today. We noted when a reporter for a different outlet apologized for calling a newborn child a fetus. So the problems with journalists using “fetus” to describe [Read More...]

NYTimes finally makes some changes on the fetus front

Oh to have been a fly on the fall during any editing discussions at The New York Times national desk during the time between the newspaper of record’s early report on the verdict in the Dr. Kermit Gosnell case and the final version that is currently online. Yes, there were a few changes. Now I [Read More...]

Death penalty in Cleveland horrors? Wait, who died?

Once again, let’s turn to the dictionary and that tricky word “fetus,” which has through the decades been at the heart of so many bitter newsroom arguments about abortion, morality, religion, science and law. fe·tus … pl. fe·tus·es … 2. In humans, the unborn young from the end of the eighth week after conception to [Read More...]

Pennsylvania reporter shows how to correct error

Last week, a sad news story out of Pennsylvania made the rounds. Originally, it had a bad headline and lede: Fetus found in high school bathroom; Lancaster County student jailed on $1M bail A 19-year-old McCaskey East High School student was charged with concealing the death of a child after she reportedly gave birth to [Read More...]


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