In one of the most disturbing media performances of its kind in recent years, TV news and many newspapers carried the tragically wrong news late Tuesday and early Wednesday that 12 of 13 trapped coal miners in West Virginia had been found alive and safe. Hours later they had to reverse course.Real solid, professional reporting from solid professionals.
. . . It is unclear why the media carried the news without nailed-down sourcing. Some reports claim the early reports spread via cell phones and when loved ones, and the governor, started celebrating most in the media simply joined in.
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Journalism 101: Good to see that the mainstream media learned absolutely nothing in 2005, since they blew the first be story of this year (and doubled the tragedy for the families) by running pure unsourced rumor as "news."