High standards of reporting – ToI

Posted: February 16, 2010 in Misc., Uncategorized
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Thanks to @amitvarma, a lot of us read that article about a NewFoundland dog’s mating charges. For those who didn’t, here’s the article
I was pretty surprised when I read the highlighted sentence below, in the article, so decided to check it up. Average length of 6 feet seemed a bit too much for the gentle giants.
Here’s what the Wikipedia entry said (link):
Now, there’s quite a difference between ‘popular ones’ and ‘the largest on record’, right? So I decided to fire a comment on article and see if they did anything.
My Comment:
Even if you are lifting facts straight from wikipedia without attribution, atleast don’t mutilate them.
Here’s what your article says: “Popular ones are mostly black and weigh 70-120 kg and measured over 6 feet from nose to tail.”
And here’s the wikipedia original: “The largest Newfoundland on record weighed 120 kg (260lbs) and measured over 6 feet from nose to tail”
Bit of a difference in message, isn’t it?

Even if you are lifting facts straight from wikipedia without attribution, atleast don’t mutilate them.
Here’s what your article says: “Popular ones are mostly black and weigh 70-120 kg and measured over 6 feet from nose to tail.”
And here’s the wikipedia original: “The largest Newfoundland on record weighed 120 kg (260lbs) and measured over 6 feet from nose to tail”
Bit of a difference in message, isn’t it?

And I just saw that they approved my comment. With a bit of editing on their part.

As you can see, their mega-sized ego only allowed to approve the part of my comment that’d leave everyone clueless. The rest, edited out. And of course, they still haven’t corrected, or attributed, the sentence in the article. Why do that when you can get away by stifling anyone who points out the error. Right, ToI?

High journalistic standards indeed, and these guys are actually learning something from the powers in Iran & China too :P

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