Slightly Off Topic: When The Press Gets it Wrong

A few weeks back I reported that one well-known tech news outlet reported that the FCC would required GPS in phones in 2018. A commenter to this blog explained that was not the case. I found the citation in the Federal Register and updated the blog.

Then I contacted three organizations who reported that news. Here is how they responded (typically after several e-mail exchanges):

  • one removed the story from the Web
  • one rewrote the story and never indicated incorrect information had been reported
  • one included a note above the article that corrections had been made

I will still be reading GCN, but the other two ... not so much.

Published Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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