Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Major Media Make up Quotes and Get Caught

The Iraq Now blog caught several major media outlets making up quotes, misquoting the source and producing generally sloppy, misleading reports. He finds fault with the New York Times, Agents France-Press, Reuters, the Independent and two other British rags. Basically they made up a quote from whole cloth (we call that fiction) and misquoted the rest of Major General Mattis's press conference. A great example of just how lazy these reporters are.

Six news sources quoted the General as saying, "Bad things happen in wars" but it appears nowhere in the verbatim transcript. Then they juxtapose other quotes out of context so that it gives the impression he is referring to one thing when in fact he was referrring to another. Sad.

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