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What's wrong with this story?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Football_Bat, Nov 17, 2007.

  1. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    You don't even have to log in to see why this story is sorely lacking in fact-checking.

  2. Bob Slydell

    Bob Slydell Active Member

    Well, it reads that they all signed one letter. That's what I saw that was wrong.

    Did I win?!?!?!?!
  3. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    No. Although that is a very good catch.
  4. jlee

    jlee Well-Known Member

    instead of signing a letter of intent into the Air Force, you enlist into the service?
  5. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Very close.

    Service academy appointments are done congressionally; you do not "sign" a letter of intent to play football, basketball, baseball, etc. at Air Force, Army or Navy.

    This writer allowed his high school to stage a bogus photo-op and was utterly none the wiser.
  6. jlee

    jlee Well-Known Member

    Hmmmm, I wonder how many readers caught that in McKinney.
  7. spnited

    spnited Active Member

  8. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    I wrote a story 2-3 years ago about a local kid going to the Air Force Academy, one of only 7 New Hampshire kids to get the Congressional appointment. Great kid. Going to be the general of the joint chiefs of staff one day.
  9. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    This guy started it!

  10. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    None of the players is listed on Air Force's 2008 baseball roster:

  11. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    Perhaps that's because they will be finishing their senior year of high school.
    I'd guess - by the dates of the stories - they will be at the AFA in 08-09.
  12. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    I covered a kid who played football at Navy. Instead of announcing his signing on signing day, we wrote that it was his intention to play football at Navy when his appointment came through, which it did later that spring.
    And we stopped doing signing day photos when one kid, who was a 17-year-old high school senior, wanted his three kids in the picture with him-- ages 3, 2 and 1 -- found out later, three moms.
    Kid never made it to the league, so I wonder how much child support they're getting from his job at Wal-Mart.
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