Wednesday, November 18, 2015
No Matter How Much You Spin It, The Chronicle And KTVU Got It Wrong On Pat McCormick
NO MATTER how many excuses; how many seemingly "genuine" calls from his immediate family, they (the Chronicle and KTVU) reported the premature death of someone, Pat McCormick, who was still actually very much alive.
The Chronicle is in defense mode and KTVU is applying the CYA card-- "well, we got it from the Chron!") Its especially putrid for 2 which apparently has never heard of the word, factchecker --maybe past recent demons are still polluting the newsroom.
Everyone makes mistakes --it happens. But when it comes to someone's demise, make sure you get it right and make a few extra phone calls. Because if you don't it's not going to be a very good day.
*A quick personal story; when I was blogging, briefly, for the local paper, I got a call from a respected journalist telling me that former KTVU sports anchor, Gary Park, had died. The journalist worked with Park many years. There was no reason for me to question the source but I still remember asking, "hey, this is no bull, you're sure about this?" The journalist was incredulous: "I wouldn't make anything up like that." Of course not but I just wanted to make sure so I called around just in case. We're talking about the death of a very famous local TV sports anchor. Like I said, I wanted to make sure.
Again, I'm not dumping on the Chronicle (after all, their editor only uses "real journalists" --pity the local media blogger) and KTVU, but you would think something like this wouldn't have took place.
Just imagine the fallout had a blogger did this.