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.

2 Comments:

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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