Today's Edwards announcement is an object lesson in how easy it is for us in the blogosphere to run with something juicy without double-checking the facts and/or being very, very careful to precisely word our posts so that we don't tell readers to take something to the bank that hasn't been confirmed.
It's also a lesson in how to promptly and gracefully face the music and admit error.
Earlier today, Politico's Ben Smith ran with a single anonymous source today at shortly past 11:00 a.m. saying that former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) would suspend his presidential campaign so he could tend to his wife, Elizabeth, as she battles breast cancer.
That source turned out to be wrong. Edwards will continue his campaign and Smith promptly admitted and apologized for his error (his blog post was submited at 12:34 EDT, just after the Edwards announcement). [continued...]
Today's starter: The media (as manifested in this Patterico take-down of the LA Times) continue to misreport the fired U.S. attorney "scandal." The facts show the administration compiled reasons that certain attorneys should be fired before the fact, not after.
Today's starter: Not only have the media completely ignored the history of firing U.S. attorneys, they also are ignoring the substance. As Patterico reports, attorney Carol Lam was "targeted" for dismissal long before she became a political problem.
UPDATE (01:15 EST): Law professor and blogger Eugene Volokh addresses factual errors in reporting in the New York Times and Washington Post (h/t Instapundit).
How are your local TV news shows covering today's federal court decision overturning the D.C. handgun ban?
I live just outside Washington, D.C., and the station I most often watch for local news deployed a few typical media bias tricks: stacking the deck with sources aligned on one side (4 pro-ban, one anti-ban) and focusing on emotional aspects of a debate (highlighting emotional reactions to the court ruling rather than dealing with the legal merits).
The upgrade is proceeding but rather than shut down everything, I've decided we'll continue to post but we may lose some comments, just fyi.
Here's a joke to start your weekend:
A young man, hired by a supermarket, reported for his first day
of work. The manager greeted him with a warm handshake and
a smile, gave him a broom and said, "Your first job will be to
sweep out the store."
"I once had a diary promoted to the front page on Daily Kos," the young man said under his breath, thinking the manager wouldn't hear.
"Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't know that," said the manager. "Here, give
me the broom, I'll show you how."
In case you tried to get in earlier today around 9:20 am Eastern or so, NewsBusters was hacked through a vulnerability in our web software. This is the first time it's happened. We'll be doing the upgrade this weekend however it is costing us several thousand dollars to do this. Please consider a donation to help us defray the costs.
Today's starter: Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, a conservative broadcast network anchor, and an old drunk are walking down the street together when they simultaneously spot a hundred dollar bill. Who gets it? (read on for answer)
NB's Matt Sheffield was featured in a panel discussion at the CPAC conference today about "Conservative Victories with New Media."
What impact will conservative bloggers have in the next two years in furthering conservative ideas on the 2008 campaign trail by holding the candidates to account for their policy stances? To what extent with conservative bloggers and vloggers break news about 2008 candidates that the mainstream media ignore or underreport?
And now for some NB news: I mentioned some changes coming to NB recently and one of them is that Ken Shepherd is now our Managing Editor. Greg Sheffield is leaving his spot but will still remain a contributing editor.
We're also getting close to being ready to perform a major software upgrade. This will involve making the site read-only for several hours during a weekend. Just thought I should announce this beforehand so no one gets surprised.