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Regret the Error How Media Mistakes Pollute the Press and Imperil Free Speech

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ISBN-10: 1402765649

ISBN-13: 9781402765643

Edition: N/A

Authors: Craig Silverman, Jeff Jarvis

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Winner of the National Press Club's Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism! From Craig Silverman, proprietor of, comes a lively journey through the history of media mistakes via a chronicle of funny, shocking, and often disturbing journalistic slip-ups. The errorsrunning the gamut from hilarious to tragicinclude "Fuzzy Numbers" (when numbers and math undermine reporting) "Obiticide" (printing the obituary of a living person), and "Unintended Consequences" (typos and misidentifications that create a new, incorrect reality). While some of the errors are laugh-out-loud funny, the book also offers a serious investigation of contemporary journalism's lack of accountability…    
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List price: $12.95
Publisher: Union Square Press
Publication date: 2/3/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Michael Calceserved eight months in open custody for the fifty-six charges on which he was convicted. He now writes a computer security column.Craig Silvermanis the author ofRegret the Error: How Media Mistakes Pollute the Press and Imperil Free Speech. His articles have appeared in theNew York Times,Vice, andReport on Business. Both authors live in Montreal.

Jeff Jarvis blogs about media, news, technology, and business at, and appears weekly as a co-host on Leo Laporte's "This Week in Google." He is associate professor and director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism. The author of What Would Google Do?, he lives in the New York area. Join the conversation at and on Twitter (@jeffjarvis and #publicparts).

Introduction to the Paperback Edition
Statement of Accuracy
A Brief History of Media Accuracy and Errors
Oral News
Written News
Birth of the Newspaper: The Seventeenth-Century Press
The Eighteenth Century and the Fourth Estate
The Nineteenth Century: From Excess and Error to Responsibility
Mass Media: Born of a Big Lie
Hearst, Pulitzer, and Sulzberger: A Battle for the Soul of Journalism
The Twentieth Century: Accuracy as Code
Regrets, More Than a Few
"Dewey Defeats Truman"
A Theory of Error
The Truth About Media Errors
Print Media Errors
Broadcast Errors
Uncorrected Errors
The Necessity of Error (No, really)
The Corrections: Multiple Offenses
Common Errors
Names and Titles
The Corrections: Names and Titles
The Corrections: Typos
The Corrections: Fuzzy Numbers
Unreliable Sources and Malicious Reporters
Unreliable Sources
Malicious Reporters
The Lesson Not Learned
Obiticide: Death by Media
Planned Obiticide
Obiticide and the Average Citizen
The Corrections
Mistakes and the Mistaken
The Mobster and the Clown
The Terrorist
Doctors, Lawyers, and the Accused
Tainted Images
The Corrections
Misidentifications and Personal Errors
Photo Misidentifications
Errors Heard Round the World
The Twenty-Four-Hour Broken Telephone
Too Incredible Not to Report
The Trouble with Corrections
Corrections: A Brief History
Birth of the Modern Correction
Online Corrections
Broadcast Corrections
The Failure of Corrections
The Art of Correction
The Corrections: Strange and Sublime
So Sorry: Remarkable Apologies
The Disappearance of Newspaper Proofreading
"Farewell, Etaoin Shrdlu"
The Demise of Newspaper Proofreaders
The Birth (and Slow Death) of Magazine Fact Checking
Anatomy of the Checker
Everybody Has a System
Death by a Thousand Cuts
Watching the Detectives: The Rise of External Fact Checking
Distributed Fact Checking: RatherGate
Media-Monitoring Organizations
The Big Newspaper in the Sky
Accuracy Training
Ombudsmen as Error Trackers
Instant Source Surveys
The Corrections
Updates and Mistakes
Online Corrections
Fact Checking and Plagiarism Detection
Embracing the Lighter Side of Accuracy
For Readers
How to Request a Correction
Ensuring Accuracy When Interviewed
The Way Forward
Error Report Form