Let me put a finger on a serious media problem

//Let me put a finger on a serious media problem

Let me put a finger on a serious media problem

Saturday’s NY Times reported that Wendy’s has been cleared of any wrongdoing in an apparent hoax involving a woman who claims she found a finger in her chili. The article pointed out this woman has a long history of making claims against businesses.

The story was buried on Page 8. The original story — and subsequent pictures — were front page news on many newspapers and TV stations.

As a result, Wendy’s has lost millions.

So where’s the fairness? Shouldn’t the discovery of the hoax be played up as prominently as the original charge, which was clearly false?

This isn’t the first time a newspaper has placed a correction or and update to a sensational story inside the paper when the original cause was printed on the front page. Many people who were accused of crimes on the front page were cleared of the charges on page 2 or worse.

This blog won’t change anyone’s editorial policy, I’m sure, but it is time that the media acknowledge a long-standing problem. Why are they turning a blind eye to a problem that affects their credibility, which is their most important asset?

By |2016-11-28T23:38:47+00:00April 23rd, 2005|PR LEADS General Advice|1 Comment

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Dan Janal, author of "Write Your Book In A Flash!" helps leaders write books so they can get more clients and sell more products. My clients get terrific results from my coaching, developmental editing and ghostwriting. For info, go to http://www.WriteYourBookInAFlash.com.

One Comment

  1. Sadie Lynn April 27, 2005 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Dan,

    That is a great point. But if they started printing those type of stories on the front-page and didn’t reduce the number “sensational” news stories on the front page the paper would have be delivered on a flat-bed truck.

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