Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Media meet modernity

The AP has partially corrected their dishonest account of VP Cheney's speech. Cheney spoke of historical parallels for our current security problems. The AP instead claimed that he was attacking administration critics. QandO has the details. Sen. Reid picked up the same distortion.

The difference between now and just a few years ago is that everyone has easy access to the full text of the real speech and the AP has to make corrections. Similarly, Reuters has found out that its readers know more about how to spot a photoshop fake than its editors. (Today, various armored vehicle manufacturers weigh in on another Reuters claim.) The news media have not yet adapted to being part of the information age.

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