Monday, March 30, 2015

Getting It Wrong 

There isn't much recourse when a reporter gets a story wrong.  One can protest to the journalist and hope he makes a correction. But, if the reporter insists that he has multiple sources for his article, one is at a disadvantage in arguing.  In a case we're handling now, we don't know the facts beyond a client's firm statement that it had nothing to do with an event reported upon.  Two reporters who wrote the article, on the other hand, insist they have multiple sources who said the client was involved.  Fortunately, another publication wrote about the same event and got the details right.  We were able to send this article to the errant reporters and their editors with hope that they will be more careful in the future.  It is too much to expect a retraction, especially since they are certain of their position.  But, we have done something rather than let the matter lie.


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