Friday, June 30, 2006

"False But Accurate" Strikes Again

USA Today has issued a correction to its NSA wiretape story, admitting that their original report about phone companies was wrong: "We've concluded that we cannot establish that BellSouth or Verizon entered into a contract with the NSA to provide the bulk calling records."

Despite this gaping hole in its original reporting, the paper contends: "This is an important story that holds up well. At the heart of our report is the fact that NSA is collecting phone call records of millions of Americans."

I love the media contending that their stories "hold up" even when some of the most significant supporting details -- the forged Bush National Guard docs of course come to mind -- are completely false.

In its "Note to Readers," USA Today does not apologize to the phone companies for the lost business or other headaches caused by USA Today's false reporting.


Blogger Priest said...

What a sad whisper to their customers disclosing just how wrong they got this story. I'd say its a disservice to their subscribers but somehow I have an issue calling hotels subscribers............What makes it even worse is that the story should have never been reported.........

There is a reason that hotels leave a free copy of the USA Today on the floor, in the hall way outside your hotel room, it's called quality of content.......................

Nice post...............

6:50 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks for your note, please come again. :)

11:26 PM  

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