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Denver Post Edits Out ‘Socialist’ from Profile of Arapahoe School Shooter

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by YankeeFan, Dec 16, 2013.

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  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Did the Post learn the original description was wrong, and if so, why didn't they note the correction.

    If it wasn't wrong, why remove it?

  2. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Reminds me of one of my favorite corrections of all time, from the Dallas Morning News:

    Norma Adams-Wade's June 15 column incorrectly called Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk a socialist. She is a socialite.

    In Texas, them's fightin' words!
  3. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    Clearly, Al Sharpton is getting a little too heavy-handed with the editing spike.
  4. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    A socialist Eagle Scout? That's a new one.
  5. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Well, it's certainly not that.

    That's why I came here for answers. I figured one of you big city newspaper folk would explain it to a simpleton like me.

    In the Giffords and Aurora shootings, the news media was desperate to find a political motivation for the shooter. They tried to tie those shooters to Sarah Palin, and the Tea Part.

    In this case, not only did the Post take out the reference to his socialism, what they ran wasn't representative of what the source told them.

    To say a source described him simply as "very opinionated" when he described him as "a very opinionated Socialist" changes the entire description.

    Why would they do that?

    Why, among the mainstream US media, is only the WSJ reporting this:

  6. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    I'd have had this post up 15 minutes earlier but I first had to get over the laughing fit.
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