The Journalism Fail thread
White Guilt and Sirc are failing to provide enough entertainment to get me through my day. So, I clicked into this story, because I've taken an casual interest in the media campaign to destroy the NSA:
What bothered me, and is the impetus for this thread, is this shitty little gem at the end:
Did you catch it?
An Army Times investigation found that nearly 30,000 children in military families were abused or neglected between 2003 and 2012; more than 118 of them died from the abuse.
I've been using a term, recently, "oddly specific." Not sure if I came up with it on my own, or have liberated it from some other source, but it applies to this statistic. You might say "more than 100." But, "more than 118," I think crosses the line into journalistic failure. My bet is 0 more than 118 died.
I don't think you could call this a typo, either. Assuming the stat was supposed to be 117, 119, or most likely 110, you would still have an oddly specific number for a "more than," qualifier.
Well, anyways, entertain me. Bring forth your journalistic failures - not gag-reel **** from the TV news, though, I can find that crap on youtube.
Army Times article says:
Originally Posted by submessenger
Beatings, torture and starvation claimed the lives of 118 Army children.
I missed that it was Army Times in my OP - so, double failure: 1) oddly specific; and, 2) they failed to quote their own story correctly. It would be amusing if it didn't involve dead children.
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