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« Topic Start: May 13, 2009, 02:19:37 pm »

DUBLIN (May 12) - When Dublin university student Shane Fitzgerald posted a poetic but phony quote on Wikipedia, he said he was testing how our globalized, increasingly Internet-dependent media was upholding accuracy and accountability in an age of instant news.

His report card: Wikipedia passed. Journalism flunked.

http://news.aol.com/article/wikipedia-quote-hoax/475157
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« Reply #1: May 13, 2009, 05:43:56 pm »

His report card: Wikipedia passed. Journalism flunked.

This is really sad.
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« Reply #2: May 13, 2009, 11:22:51 pm »

This is really sad.

Aside from the fact that so many media outlets just grabbed the quote without checking for citation or other sources to verify, I find it sad, too, that only The Guardian seems apologetic for its editorial error and it's the only publication so far to retract the quote with a public apology.
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