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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Why the press needs veterans

This is painful:
In a story June 6 about a shootout involving bikers in Waco, The Associated Press reported erroneously that witnesses said the sound of semi-automatic gunfire dominated the shootout. They said the shootout was dominated by what sounded like short bursts of automatic gunfire. The AP also erroneously reported that a semi-automatic weapon can shoot more bullets in less time than a small-caliber weapon. The story should have said that an automatic weapon can fire multiple rounds more quickly than a semi-automatic weapon.
When I was a cub reporter, everyone on the copy desk was a military veteran. When I left the game nearly 40 years later, I was the only vet in the room.

3 comments:

  1. Ain't like they seem overly worried about getting the story straight, only getting the slant to fit the narrative.

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  2. Agree with JP. Ignorance, multiplied by "don't care", becomes very, very large.

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  3. "... I was the only vet in the room."
    The place had gone to the dogs.

    Cheers

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