Meet the Press!

July 21, 2010

Insert a tag line here that hooks you, makes you think that you cannot possibly go another minute without reading the below information.  A tag line that gives very little information, in fact, the information the tag line provides probably skews the truth more so than providing any.  If I had the ability to write a good tag line I may have been slightly more successful in my high school Journalism class, instead of paring down random facts into a small group that is somehow related.  I would also be the envy of the journalism community.  Maybe not today’s community.  Today’s mass of journalists seem to be quite skilled in writing tag lines, but horrible at the actual journalism.

Look at the Dwayne Wade situation from this past week.  He issued a quote, seen here.  This is what was reported by AOL’s Fanhouse.

“We’re going to be wearing a bullseye. But that’s what you play for. If we lose a couple in a row this season, it will be like the World Trade (Center) is coming down again.

Here is the actual quote for additional emphasis,

“We’re going to be wearing a bullseye. But that’s what you play for. We enjoy the bullseye. Plus, there’s going to be times when we lose 2-3 games in a row, and it seems like the world has crashed down. You all are going to make it seem like the World Trade is coming down again, but it’s not going to be nothing but a couple basketball games.

And this is what reads at the top of the fan house article,

“Because of a transcription error, an earlier version of this story contained an incorrect quote from Dwyane Wade. The full and accurate version of the quote is contained in this story. We deeply regret the error.”

A “transcription” error.  You could take his original quote to Babblefish and translate it to Spanish, French, Russian, Korean and back again and it would be closer to the original.  Let’s check a fact.  Let’s slow down a little and see what actually happened.  And even better AOL, you don’t have to wait for the information to come over the news wire or Morse code.  You could watch the actual video and write down the quote, hit rewind and listen again.  Thankfully for Wade there were actual reporters present who speak English.

There was an ever more severe case of piss-poor journalism this week.  A USDA employee in Georgia, she actually had a pretty good position but I can’t be bothered to look it up, gave a speech a few months ago to an NAACP group. This speech what chopped up with only controversial bits left behind.  Fox News ( and I hate to jump on Fox News, I tend to think they are slightly more watchable and responsible than others, but shame on them) quickly ran a story saying that the employee was racist and should be removed from her post.  The head of the USDA quickly caught wind of the situation and cut her lose.  After watching The Celebrity Apprentice and seeing Rod Blagojevich use a computer similar to how a primate would use an abacus, I understand that not all people in government work understand computers.  But someone find the USDA guy a computer and look up YouTube.  This is obscene.

Shame on the media for not doing their research.  If I performed my job as poorly as you, Obama would have extended my benefits today.


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