Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Adventures in ‘Journalism’

 

Here is the opening sentence of a story in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Wednesday. (The paper is owned by and the story is sourced from USA Today, but still…)

Bucks forward Kyle Korver discussed the backstory and emotional locker room prior to his team’s decision to boycott a playoff game in the aftermath of the Jacob Blake shooting in Milwaukee in late August. [emphasis added]

You’d think at least one editor at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel would have noticed a problem with that lead sentence.

Hint: Milwaukee and Kenosha are at least 40 miles apart. They’re not even in adjoining counties.

“Journalism.”


Update: They apparently don’t read their own stories, but they do read the comments on the stories. About two hours after I left a comment, they now have a correction in place at the top of the story:

Correction/clarification: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the city where Jacob Blake was shot. He was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 

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  1. EDISONPARKS Member
    EDISONPARKSJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Kenosha is now considered a suburb of Chicago.

    I guess the larger metro journalists want to claim city rights to the riots?

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    • October 28, 2020, at 7:07 AM PDT
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  2. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHillJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Editors? What’s that?

    With resources being limited they’ve probably ceased checking anything that’s provided by the parent company or the wire services a long time ago. When media started to get lean, editors were some of the first people to go. 

    When Marge Schott owned the Cincinnati Reds she wanted to fire all her scouts because all they did was “sit around watching baseball games.” All editors do is sit around and read newspaper stories. Same attitude.

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    • October 28, 2020, at 7:15 AM PDT
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  3. Miffed White Male Member
    Miffed White MaleJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    EJHill (View Comment):

    Editors? What’s that?

    With resources being limited they’ve probably ceased checking anything that’s provided by the parent company or the wire services a long time ago. When media started to get lean, editors were some of the first people to go.

    When Marge Schott owned the Cincinnati Reds she wanted to fire all her scouts because all they did was “sit around watching baseball games.” All editors do is sit around and read newspaper stories. Same attitude.

    Yabbut…

    It’s literally the first sentence. It’s not like it’s buried down in the middle of the story.

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    • October 28, 2020, at 7:22 AM PDT
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  4. Boney Cole Member

    Good post. Need more people pointing out MSM errors. Good on the paper to post an acknowledged 

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    • October 28, 2020, at 8:20 AM PDT
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  5. DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… Coolidge

    A friend of mine posted to Facebook this Journal-Sentinel (Urinal-Slantinel) story yesterday.

    Wisconsin Republicans have been facing an outbreak among lawmakers and aides. But they don’t want to talk about it.

    Note that it’s based entirely on unnamed sources and is very heavy on the innuendo. (“It’s unclear whether those who were infected notified any Capitol authorities, who could alert others who work in the statehouse.”) Well, what if I wrote “It’s unclear whether Tony Evers is a kiddie diddler”? Is it okay to write that because I said it was “unclear”?

    I pointed out all the unnamed sources and the sly implications, and how the news media is burning its reputation to the ground because they hate Republicans so much. Needless to say, my accurate criticism of the media did not go over well.

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    • October 28, 2020, at 9:01 AM PDT
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  6. kylez Member
    kylezJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Needless to say, my accurate criticism of the media did not go over well.

    Like the time I pointed out that Trayvon Martin doesn’t belong on a list of blacks shot by cops. Since he wasn’t shot by a cop.

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    • October 28, 2020, at 6:30 PM PDT
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