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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Will another correction be made tomorrow?

With the help of a citizen stringer -- I've been able to piece together the mystery of what really happened during the "Day Without an Immigrant" march in Santa Barbara. My confusion began yesterday when I read that at least everyone that lives in Santa Barbara and a few more took part in last year's march. Well, mistakes are made and The News-Press ran the following correction today on the Orsua story:

A story on the front page of Tuesday's News-Press grossly exaggerated the number of people who took part in last year's "A Day Without an Immigrant" march in Santa Barbara. As we reported on May 3, 2006, authorities estimated about 15,000 people participated -- not "hundreds of thousands" as was reported Tuesday. Such errors of fact provide a distorted picture of reality, and play into the hands of those who seemingly benefit from the error. Our goal is to present news without error or bias. This story failed in both regards, and for that we apologize.

Will yet another note or correction appear, however, for the error in the Guzik article today that stated the big march last year started at Chase Palm Park? Here's what was written today:

The dramatic drop in participation -- an estimated 15,000 marched from Chase Palm Park to the Sunken Garden in 2006 -- was repeated across the nation.

The fact is that one march last year started there and ended at SBCC, while another march of nearly 20,000 participants started at Ortega Park and ended at Courthouse. The "newspaper of record" is hybridizing events because the writer has no memory beyond 6 months in the past, and the editors are not editors. The News-Press has lost their institutional memory...

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9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is the question. Was the article simply a mistake of laziness (or cluelessness) or did the author intentionally 'provide a distorted picture of reality'?

If it is the later I can't believe that any paper would ever let that reporter report another story.

5/02/2007 7:48 PM  
Anonymous Friend of Ed said...

Of course, if they would allow access to Edhat from News-Press computers, they could find out the info that way.

http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?id=1309

5/02/2007 8:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the correction, "and play into the hands of those who seemingly benefit from the error"

Pretty odd correction language. But then....

What does it mean? Who benefits from the "error"? Is McCaw/Baron/Steepleton/Armstrong saying that immigrants are part of cabal?

5/02/2007 9:01 PM  
Anonymous allegro805 said...

Oh! Ya know... you get the gist, so what's the diff? Details, shmetails...

5/02/2007 9:53 PM  
Anonymous First District Streetfighter said...

As Rummy, who would be a better Publisher and Editor then the incumbents, says, you don't edit a newspaper with the reporters you want, but with the reporters you have.

These kids are the only reporters then can find and keep.

5/02/2007 10:13 PM  
Anonymous St Babs said...

9:01- my thoughts exactly! what a strange way to spin this correction- to point a finger at those who benefit as if they were to blame for the incorrect numbers-or perhaps this is intended as a swipe at the journalist implying she did so on purpose?

5/03/2007 9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leana Orsua is being terminated.

She'll always have the chocolate fountains.

It's worth noting, though, that the News-Press is advertising a bunch of reporting and editing positions. Expect to see some fresh meat in the paper soon.

5/03/2007 1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the average job-span of a new News-Press reporter these days?

5/03/2007 2:19 PM  
Anonymous allegro805 said...

the News-Press is advertising a bunch of reporting and editing positions

Haven't they been advertising for months? Only a fool, a mercenary, or maybe a recent college graduate with no ethics would take a journalist/editor position there.

5/03/2007 2:29 PM  

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