Bad Journalism + Biased Editor = The Gray News

Monday, August 14, 2006

Gray News, your little mistakes add up

The following were taken from the Gray News's online version. There is always a photo at top accompanied by a caption. It gives the first impression of the paper. This week's captions read:

The whole team, from left, Debbie Shaw Mancini, Hen Hrald, Amanda Mancini and Lewis Mancini.

"Hen Hrald" how unfortunate.

Jane Barton works with Donna Hill to prepare pies for the department's chicken bargecue fundraiser last Saturday. The pies were baked by the Pennel Almuni.

That's "barbecue," "Pennell", and "Alumni". Three mistakes in 25 words? That's a pretty low accuracy rate.

The Gray Community Endowment sponsored this marker honoring the gift of Richard and Nancy Libby and Wilbert and Sharon Libby of 45 acres of land on Libby Hill.

See the marker? It says the man's name is Wilbert Libbey, with an 'e'. The caption was millimeters away from the photo with the correct spelling...yet the Gray News still got it wrong.

When there are so many mistakes it leads the reader to the conclusion that the business is careless with the news, careless with people, and careless with facts. It reduces credibility. Who wants to read a paper riddled with mistakes? Papers sell credibility and that credibility comes from being correct. Unfortunately, the Gray New isn't correct, and spelling counts.

3 Comments:

  • With no leadership and control at the board level this paper is useless. It's time that a group of citizens step up and take control of what use to be a Gray Newspaper. I'll help.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:25 AM  

  • You already have that power. All you have to do is NOT read it. All you have to do is NOT advertise in it. That will take care of the problem!

    By Blogger BiasBuster, at 9:29 AM  

  • Why would you want to be connected to something so tainted. Wouldn't it be better for it to just go quietly into history.... Sad that its been so bad at the end, but that's the nature of things.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:34 PM  

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