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The Poor Journalism game.

Postby Roy Hunter on Mon Dec 30, 2013 8:53 am

Post examples of sloppy journalism, where they have not bothered to read what they have copied and pasted, or where they have used a completely inappropriate word that sounds almost right.

Like this story from the BBC: Michael Schumacher is in hospital in Grenoble, following a skiing accident. Doctors absolutely did not say he had 'diffuse haemorrhagic legions' in his brain- he has lesions, which are a different thing entirely. A lesion is an injury, a legion is a shitload of soldiers.
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Re: The Poor Journalism game.

Postby daftbeaker on Mon Dec 30, 2013 1:00 pm

Roy Hunter wrote:Post examples of sloppy journalism, where they have not bothered to read what they have copied and pasted, or where they have used a completely inappropriate word that sounds almost right.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk :haha:
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Re: The Poor Journalism game.

Postby Roy Hunter on Mon Dec 30, 2013 8:23 pm

daftbeaker wrote:
Roy Hunter wrote:Post examples of sloppy journalism, where they have not bothered to read what they have copied and pasted, or where they have used a completely inappropriate word that sounds almost right.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk :haha:

That was probably meant to be a flippant response, but that page showed me: 1, a prurient story about exactly which rock Schumi smacked his head off; 2, a true story about lives blighted by alcohol abuse (on New Year's eve); and 3, doesn't Katie Holmes look fat in her pink bikini?

You could be right, it might all be The Daily Mail's fault...
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Re: The Poor Journalism game.

Postby daftbeaker on Tue Dec 31, 2013 3:25 pm

Roy Hunter wrote:
daftbeaker wrote:
Roy Hunter wrote:Post examples of sloppy journalism, where they have not bothered to read what they have copied and pasted, or where they have used a completely inappropriate word that sounds almost right.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk :haha:

That was probably meant to be a flippant response,

Well, partly. Part of it was a rather cynical approach.

For instance, a story from today says that all buses from Sofia to London are sold out until the 9th, planes are almost full and some flights are going for over £3000 as Romanians and Bulgarians head to the UK (carefully worded to make it look like all transport has been booked completely and with an interesting subtext of 'FOREIGNERS! AAAAAAAAAHH!)

3 minutes on Google found me a flight from Sofia to London for about 360 US dollars, roughly £200, for January the 2nd. Hardly 3 grand and booked solid :facewall:

There are some issues about large-scale immigration, language fluency and housing but this kind of outright lying does nothing but stir up ill-informed hate. On the other hand, it is the Daily Mail :shrug:

Incidentally, I wonder how many of those flights are UK nationals coming home after spending christmas on holiday abroad :haha:
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Re: The Poor Journalism game.

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial on Wed Jan 01, 2014 1:31 am

From that same Daily Mail link:
"Distraught family of five-year-old girl found hanged after getting tangled in string say she was playing alone"

Imagine that, an entire distraught family found hanged!
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