Thursday, September 24, 2009

In which McClatchy publishes misleading information about ACORN

James Taranto at the WSJ noticed a story by McClatchy reporter Barbara Barrett that misled readers about important facts in her story on ACORN.

"In many of the offices, ACORN workers kicked the couple out and called police..."

Not accurate. In an email change with Taranto, Barrett later admitted "the term 'many' was indeed an over-characterization." According to Taranto, McClatchy published this clarification:

A McClatchy Newspapers story on the history of ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) that ran Saturday, Sept. 19, mischaracterized the number of times ACORN staffers turned away two young conservative activists and called police. Police were called at two locations, and the activists were asked to leave at a third, according to ACORN.

Hmmm. The Miami Herald article linked above hasn't been corrected.

Click here for Taranto's entire article

Hat tip: comments


Anonymous said...

I am so glad I don't work for these people anymore. It was hard just to get up in the morning and looking at myself in the mirror.

Anonymous said..., my the moonbats are silent.

Anonymous said...

Barb used to love to refer to the war in Iraq as "George Bush's war," too. You have to watch every story that comes out of that bureau.

Anonymous said...

Who do you people think you are, questioning a classically trained professional journalist with the highest ethical standards?

Anonymous said...

Let's see the lines of defense so far:
1.It was a CONSERVATIVE who did the filming.
2. We were entrapped.
3. It was only one office, the rest turned these impostors away.
4. We hate Glen Beck!
5. Acorn was not important?
6. What are you worried about anyway?

Newspapers are supposed to report, not defend.