I always smile when reading something like - - “and another reason why you should trust us more than bloggers is we have editors.”
With that in mind, I read at nydailynews.com this headline:
The Secret Service wasn’t even founded until 1865 and it didn’t begin protecting Presidents until the 20th century.
But no one should blame that headline on a Duke University History Department professor.
A “real professional journalist,” most likely a headline editor, wrote it.
Wait! There’s more.
President George W. Bush’s photo does not accompany the story.
Someone, perhaps a photo editor, selected a photo of W’s father, President George H. W. Bush, to accompany the story.
The NY Daily News story begins:
President George W. Bush will be the first president in history not to receive lifetime Secret Service protection, according to McClatchey.Wrong! And it's not what the McClatchy news company said. See here.
Note to “real professional journalists:” Editors don’t assure accuracy.
That job's done by informed, critical, truth-committed readers and listens of news and commentary.
Some of those people are “real professional journalists,” some are their editors, and very many are consumers who comment with corrections and added information.
That later group includes bloggers and citizen journalists.
Note to JinC Regulars: You don’t need me to tell you: “Reader/listener be alert.”
Note to people coming by JinC for the first time or who visit only now and then: I’ve many “editors” who work 24/7/365
They often point out mistakes I make or “add to the story.”
Today's Daily News story reminds me to thank them.
Hat tip: AC