Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Mistakes Made In Print Never Go Away

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – This just in: Journalists don’t always remember to check their facts or cite their sources.

Washington, D.C.’s Newseum is an interactive museum that highlights the role of writers and reporters in American history.

Though newspapers and television reports are a premiere news source for Americans, sometimes journalists just don’t get it right, and the evidence is compiled in the Newseum’s collection of press cockups in the book Correct Me If I’m Wrong: Press Bloopers As Seen In The Newseum (Newseum).

The press faux pas include a headline from a June 2002 issue of The Washington Post which reads Asteroid Nearly Misses Earth and a retraction from a 1976 edition of the Rock Hill, South Carolina, Evening Herald which accidentally reported the death of a Indian chief three years too late.

The Newseum embraces the silly media mistakes made by reporters of the past and even honors them by incorporating the newspapers into the decor in their public restrooms, calling them “Bathroom Bloopers.”

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