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  •  not an outlier. common practice i'm afraid. (none)
    i had a time in my life of intense locally focused fame.  was interviewed a million times.  ok, maybe fifty times.

    every single article of more than a couple hundred words contained errors.  some were harmless and funny.  others required me to explain in rather strong terms that I never said any such thing.

    i eventually got to the point where I had to insist that all interviews be tape recorded with the tape retained by me so that if necessary I could prove I never made certain inflammatory statements and/or never mischaracterized my own background in any way.

    fact checking is a thing of the past.  i find this particularly funny because I once applied for a job as a fact checker at the Atlantic Monthly back when they had absurdly high standards for fact checking, standards that would be seen as ridiculous even by the WaPo or NYT or anyone else in the SCLM and absolutely incomprehensible to anyone in the VRWC.

    One of the wonderful things about dKos is that people are not allowed to be lazy about fact checking here.  If you post something that is factually inaccurate, someone will catch it and half a dozen people will insist you fix it.  In the good old days of serious journalism very major newspaper had a bunch of people like this called copy editors.  But there are a good many professional journalists working now, including apparently Mr. Benjamin Wallace-Wells, who have no one making sure that what they write is factually accurate, or if such a person exists, s/he is not taking the job quite as seriously as we take it here on dKos.

    I've always wondered what such people think when they watch All the President's Men and hear about the hoops Bradlee made Woodstein jump through to prove an entire story was right before he would allow any of it to go to print.  I guess they smile with cynical gratitude that such tactics are relics of the past, because a lot of them would be fired or otherwise out of work if they had to confirm the truth of what they write before anyone would print/publish/air it.

    Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D. IMPEACH

    by TrueBlueMajority on Fri Dec 23, 2005 at 11:20:22 PM PST

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