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Regret the Error

Craig Silverman reports on trends and issues regarding media accuracy and the discipline of verification.Stories about errors, corrections, fact checking and verification

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New York Times column used quote from fake news site 'without attribution'

A late entry for 2014's Correction of the Year comes from The New York Times. It features an early version of a column published in error; a quote taken from ludicrous article in a fake news website that was treated as real and used without attribution; and a reference to a non-existent Chicago radio station with the call … Read More
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Fact-checking the fallout from Bill Maher's Muslim monologue

This story originally appeared on the PunditFact website. Poynter.org is republishing with permission. In this photo provided by HBO, Bill Maher hosts the season premiere of "Real Time with Bill Maher" Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/HBO, Janet Van Ham) The comments about Islam from comedian, social critic, atheist and cable talk show host Bill Maher … Read More
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A fact-checker’s toast to ‘Crossfire’

This story originally appeared on the PunditFact website. Poynter.org is republishing with permission. The CNN show "Crossfire," which debuted Sept. 9, 2013, is on "indefinite hiatus," according to published reports. After an eight-year hiatus, a revamped Crossfire was tapped to help launch a new era for CNN that focused less on news and more on the political back-and-forth … Read More
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Fact-checking the war comparisons between Obama and Bush

This story originally appeared on the PunditFact website. Poynter.org is republishing with permission. The irony of President Barack Obama, Nobel Prize winner and putative anti-war candidate, launching extensive airstrikes in Syria, quickly led to comparisons with his predecessor, President George W. Bush. President Barack Obama walks with former President George W. Bush during the unveiling of his official … Read More
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Toronto newsweekly falls short on Buffy The Vampire Slayer trivia

Toronto's NOW magazine had to issue a correction due its lack of Buffy The Vampire Slayer knowledge: This article originally stated that Joyce Summers, the mother of Buffy The Vampire Slayer's titular character, succumbed to a cancerous tumour. As pointed out by Queen's Park Briefing's John Michael McGrath, Summers in fact died from an aneurysm [sic] that resulted … Read More
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Fact-checking claims about domestic violence, Ray Rice

This story originally appeared on the PunditFact website. Poynter.org is republishing with permission. The release of a video showing NFL running back Ray Rice striking his now-wife in an Atlantic City, N.J., casino elevator revived conversations about domestic violence on politics and sports shows alike. This week, PunditFact and PolitiFact checked three claims about the prevalence of domestic violence … Read More
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Amazing name leads to amusing Huffington Post correction

A Huffington Post story about a woman with an awesome name ("Cherries Waffles Tennis") and her brush with the law resulted in an amusing correction: CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Tennis was arrested for allegedly making "fraudulent purposes." Clearly that is neither a crime nor a statement that makes any sense. She was arrested for … Read More
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Fact-checking claims about the Islamic State

This story originally appeared on the PunditFact website. Poynter.org is republishing with permission. The violent terrorist group that calls itself the Islamic State is eliciting fear from all corners of the world after its brutal advances through Iraq this summer, including the slaughter of religious minorities and soldiers and the video-recorded beheading … Read More
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The VA story the networks didn't cover this week

This story originally appeared on the PunditFact website. Poynter.org is republishing with permission. Back in May, anyone who tuned in to almost any news show was guaranteed to hear about administrative delays that caused the deaths of 40 veterans at a VA hospital in Phoenix. Sometimes, the charge was softened a bit and news anchors talked about how … Read More
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Fact-checking claims about race after Ferguson shooting

This story originally appeared on the PunditFact website. Poynter.org is republishing with permission. The shooting of 18-year-old African-American Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer has led to a broader discussion of race in America. PunditFact has recently fact-checked several claims centering on race. No. 1 cause of death for young black men Fox pundit … Read More
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NYT corrects: Bald eagles' poop isn't purple

A New York Times correction delves into the nitty gritty of bald eagle and osprey poop: An earlier version of this article described bald eagles and ospreys incorrectly. They eat fish, and their poop is white; they do not eat berries and excrete purple feces. (Other birds, like American robins, Eurasian starlings and cedar waxwings, do.) … Read More
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