Regret the Error
How Media Mistakes Pollute the Press and Imperil Free SpeechBook - 2007
By pinpointing numerous categories of error (including "Fuzzy Numbers" -- when numbers and math undermine reporting; "Obiticide" - printing the obituary of a living person; and "Unidentified Consequences" -- typos and misidentifications that create a new, incorrect reality), Silverman shines a bright light on the media's carelessness. Conceding that errors are often inadvertent, the author finds nonetheless that they are occasionally rooted in serious ethical lapses. He chronicles the decline of fact-checking at magazines and the simultaneous rise of fact-checking readers and interest groups, and voices a rousing call to arms for all news organizations to mend their ways and reclaim the role of the press as the honest voice of the people.
Regret the Error is a book for anyone who follows the news, and for everyone who insists that our free speech be safeguarded by a vigilant press.