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And now, the latest rush-to-get-the-story-up snafu

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Andy _ Kent, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. Andy _ Kent

    Andy _ Kent Member

    Boy, this has been fun to watch:

  2. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    Looks more as though it's the latest rush-to-get-the-non-story.
  3. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Hey, you think loud vehicles are a laughing matter?
  4. Andy _ Kent

    Andy _ Kent Member

    Good one
  5. zebracoy

    zebracoy Guest

    This is actually rather interesting. If the guy used Davis' driver's license as ID when he was pulled over, that's embarrassing for the cop who did the work to get them mixed up.
  6. Can't agree it's a non-story. Another publication reports his arrest, the Sun-Sentinel straightens it out and gets the full story. Sounds like pretty basic reporting to me. Am I missing something?
  7. Fran Curci

    Fran Curci Active Member

    Lone Star is correct; Sun-Sentinel did a very thorough job.
  8. DirtyDeeds

    DirtyDeeds Guest

    I think Oggie might have been being sarcastic, since what was reported didn't actually happen. Or something like that. It took me a second to get it.
  9. Andy _ Kent

    Andy _ Kent Member

    Well, here's one Illinois outlet that apparently hasn't been alerted to the updates:


    And to answer lone star's question, the Sentinel also went with the original story initially as explained in the beat writer's blog:


  10. mediaguy

    mediaguy Well-Known Member

    I think if I had an arrest report that showed someone with the same name, date of birth and address as a newsworthy person being arrested in a city where he recently maintained a residence, that would be enough to presume it is that person.

    Otherwise you couldn't report any arrest that doesn't have a mugshot to verify -- you'd have to write something awkward like "a person with the same name, birthdate and address as Cecil Collins was arrested Tuesday night."

    Was there not a mugshot for the person who was actually arrested? I think Jevon Kearse had something similar happen to him way back early in his career.
  11. tapintoamerica

    tapintoamerica Well-Known Member

    Can't say I blame the Daily Illini. If the cops produce an ID that says Vontae Davis was arrested, I'd be inclined to believe that Vontae Davis had been arrested.
  12. i don't blame the sun-sentinel ... they covered their asses pretty well

    but assuming sun-sentinel covers OTAs every day, they would have known davis had been at the complex during the day and back early the next morning

    and virtually impossible to be in illinois in between

    at least a red flag to triple-check everything?
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