A few days ago the McClatchy Company’s liberal/leftist Raleigh News & Observer headlinedThe story, under AP reporter Danica Coto’s byline, begins:
Jennifer Figge pressed her toes into the Caribbean sand, exhilarated and exhausted as she touched land this week for the first time in almost a month.The rest of the story’s here.
Reaching a beach in Trinidad, she became the first woman on record to swim across the Atlantic Ocean - a dream she'd had since the early 1960s, when a stormy trans-Atlantic flight got her thinking she could don a life vest and swim the rest of the way if needed.
The 56-year-old left the Cape Verde Islands off Africa's western coast on Jan. 12, battling waves of up to 30 feet (9 meters) and strong winds.
If you’re thinking: “This sounds too good to be true,” you’re right. The story’s bogus and after much pressure the AP has finally printed a correction which is available at newsobserver.com.
Why did N&O news editors publish a literally unbelievable story without doing a little fact-checking?
JammieWearingFool has been on this story and today provides background and sharp commentary.
McClatchy Watch adds more, including the fact Coto is a former McClatchy reporter.
Give both bloggers a look.
You’ll then be shaking your head and wondering why the AP, McClatchy and the N&O are always boasting about their hundreds of editors who do all that fact-checking.