NBC falsely reports Trump late for D-Day ceremony; issues correction … which is ignored

NBC falsely reports Trump late for D-Day ceremony; issues correction … which is ignored
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In an April 2018 post that dealt with an especially egregious report in the New York Times to which a “correction” was later appended, LU’s Howard Portnoy postulated:

The number of readers who see the original article is far greater than the number who are likely to notice the correction in a later edition. That’s a fact of journalism.

While I don’t disagree with what will henceforth be known, at least in these pages, as “Portnoy’s Law,” I would propose adding this corollary:

The number of readers who deliberately ignore a correction of a news item that savages Donald Trump, choosing instead to riff off the original, is in direct proportion to the spread of TDS.

An example of this may be seen in a tweet on Thursday by NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Hallie Jackson. The tweet, which follows, insinuates that Donald Trump was late for the D-Day ceremony in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, because he was gabbing with Fox News Channel’s Laura Ingraham.

The tweet was posted at 6:15 a.m. ET. Precisely 19 minutes later, Jackson posted a second tweet that effectively negated the first one.

We are now beyond 24 hours after the fake news report and the correction first appeared, and both are still being talked about. But notice the disparity in the numbers. As of this writing, 656 people are talking about the correction whereas 11,500 are talking about the demonstrably incorrect assertion that Trump held up the festivities.

In fact, if you return to the scene of the crime, you find that readers of the original tweet continued responding to it after the correction — which appears immediately after it — was published:

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."


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