Good Thing They Have All Those Editors

The Boston Globe got caught making up a story about a seal hunt in Canada that didn’t actually happen, and had issue a retraction and fire the freelancer who wrote it–although the story about the phony story comes from Reuters, so for all we know, the paper in question might actually have been the Birmingham News or Podunk Post.

But assuming that Reuters is accurate for a change, a question: what happened to the editors who approved it? Fact-checkers? You know, all those valuable tools (and I mean that in every sense of the word) who allegedly make Big Media “journalists” superior to us pajama types? Are they still on the payroll? And why weren’t their names publicized along with that of the fired freelance reporter?

Somebody notify Alex Beam. There’s print dreck in his paper.


18 Responses to “Good Thing They Have All Those Editors”

  1. Joust The Facts Says:

    The MSM Is Better…How?

    In a Reuters report, the Boston Globe has acknowledged publishing a story where a freelance writer fabricated

  2. Fred Says:

    I initially mixed up this story with the bogus “car bomb attack in Isreal” story Reuters posted yesterday. I believe that one has already disappeared from the Web but you can still track it down via Little Green Footballs as it was their lead item for Thursday. That’s 2 bogus MSM stories in 2 days, which must be some type of record. I wonder what they’ve planned for tomorrow.

  3. Lynxx Pherrett Says:

    Here’s the Boston Globe‘s correction. Of course, the material that appears in the Boston Globe is “

  4. Chuck Pelto Says:

    TO: Stephen Green
    RE: Heh….

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned Fred Brown’s editorial last Sunday in Denver Toast….,1413,36%257E145%257E2804844,00.html

    The guy, in my honest opinion, is a bozo-shill for the old media.

    This story gives the lie to his claim that the old media is based in ‘fact’.

    I’d comment to him directly, but I can’t find any way to communicate directly with him as I can with any honest blogger.



  5. Chuck Pelto Says:

    TO: Will Collier & Stephen Green
    RE: OOoops

    My apologies for the mis-attribution.



  6. TIm P Says:

    Agenda driven media under the guise of ‘objective journalism’.
    “ok, so the facts are wrong, the story’s still accurate!”

    Thankgod for the internet.

  7. PacRim Jim Says:

    The mainstream media remind me of junior high school. Truly, journalist have betrayed the country and discredited their profession. Their motto used to be, “We report, you decide.” Now, they go straight to the decision. Obviously, we readers are too dumb to decide for ourselves.

  8. richard mcenroe Says:

    Wow, fake in stories in the Boston Globe. Who’da thunk it? Next thing you know, they’ll be printing fake Iraq photos or something…

  9. Secular Blasphemy Says:

    Boston Globe’s fake seal hunt story

    As Norwegians know very well, stories about seal hunts can really rile up people.

  10. Bloodthirsty Warmonger Says:

    Thanks to the magic of programs such as Photoshop, I wouldn’t put it past them. As a professional librarian, I am aware that whenever an organization wants to tighten its financial belt, they try to let go of their professional fact-checkers (such as librarians). 🙂

  11. Old Dad Says:

    It must be the water, er maybe the scotch and water in Boston.

    Teddy Kennedy is good a making sh*t up, too.

  12. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Now, now, let’s be nice to the Boston Globe…

    The fault here lies with REALITY, for failing to keep up with the paper’s tight news schedule…

    I suggest the Boston Globe sues not the reporter, but Reality itself.

    And why not? If you honestly claim to tell the public the truth while lying to it, your grip of reality must already be tenuous at best…



  13. Chuck Pelto Says:

    TO: Bloodthirsty Warmonger
    RE: Anecdotal Evidence

    “…whenever an organization wants to tighten its financial belt, they try to let go of their professional fact-checkers (such as librarians). :-)” — Bloodthirsty Warmonger

    I can attest to that. Denver Public Library let go of their linguist sometime between the time I talked with him on a translation issue in ’96 and ’04, when I went looking for him again to corroborate information he had given me back then.



  14. Chuck Pelto Says:

    TO: Old Dad
    RE: Barbarians!

    “It must be the water, er maybe the scotch and water in Boston.” — Old Dad

    Who on God’s good earth would dilute good scotch?

    Talk about heresy! Burn them. Burn them ALL!!!!


    [I’ll have another, please.]

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  16. Rod Stanton Says:

    The NYT owns them. What do you expect?

  17. Commonwealth Conservative Says:

    The evidence accumulates

    The MSM is caught making stuff up again. Good thing they have all those fact-checkers that blogs don’t have.

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