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Associated Press editors think Czechoslovakia still exists

In Entertainment, In The News, Media, Prague, World on March 15, 2009 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , , , , , , ,

Po-tay-to, po-tah-to, it is still a country somewhere, eh? my colleagues from the Associated Press probably think. The news agency wrote yesterday that Barack Obama is about to visit Prague, Czechoslovakia. The screenshot below is from IHT:

IHT March 14 news item screenshot

IHT March 14 news item screenshot

My former editor-in-chief used to say that if you make a mistake like this you are a human with no benefits for the particular month. But if you reprint a mistake like this, you are a moron. I wonder who works in IHT’s foreign news desk, or whatever they call it, if they just robotically reprint AP without double-checking…

I will take “1993 World Events” for $200, Alex.

2 Responses to “Associated Press editors think Czechoslovakia still exists”

  1. For what it’s worth, at the Medill School of Journalism, one of the most highly regarded journalism schools in the country, the faculty really try to hammer home the importance of accuracy in reporting facts. Thus, while a student can get marked off for turning in a story with a grammatical, spelling or stylistic error, students received the dreaded “Medill F” for a story that contains a factual error, which automatically means a failing grade on the assignment.

    Needless to say, referring to “Czechoslovakia” in the present (or future) tense is a big, fat Medill F.

    But it happens with alarming frequency.

  2. Hmm… I found this blog-post from Google when I was searching some posts of the rock band Editors… But, I guess it’s about some different kind of editors… So I keep searching, bye!😀

    Regards,

    The Editors Discography Guy

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