Exhibit #2,732 That Journalism Is Going Down The Tubes.

I had a Michael Vick extended piece that WordPress ate when I published it, and don’t feel like re-writing again, especially when D-Wil seems to say it better than I can right now. I’m just going to point out this semi-related bit of proof that I could do the job of some network news producers better than they could. Thank you, Gawker:

“The case against Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has exposed a split within both the NAACP and the larger African-American community, as some activists condemn Vick’s role in the deaths of fighting dogs and others cast him as a victim of a racist justice system,” an MSNBC article revealed yesterday. Who are some of the dog-murdering quarterback’s defenders? Well, you’d expect Al Sharpton to step up, right?

Guess MSNBC doesn’t have much of a parody filter, as they linked to NewsGropers, which goes out of its way to note that it is completely fake (as if the strange bedfellows that “Al Sharpton” was blogging with weren’t a dead giveaway). From the MSNBC piece, before they issued a correction:

But at the same time, Sharpton argued that the prosecution of Vick was overkill.

If the police caught Brett Favre (a white quarterback for the Green Bay Packers) running a dolphin-fighting unit out of his pool, where dolphins with spears attached to their foreheads fought each other, would they bust him? Of course not,” Sharpton wrote Tuesday on his personal blog.

The correction reads:

An earlier version of this article quoted from a blog entry purportedly by the Rev. Al Sharpton. MSNBC.com has determined that the blog is a hoax. In July, Sharpton signed a letter with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals condemning dogfighting, saying: “Dogfighting is unacceptable. Hurting animals for human pleasure or gain is despicable. Cruelty is just plain wrong.”

Oops. Shall we be sending Alex Johnson (or the writers/interns who compiled the article, if it wasn’t her) a copy of Ufford’s FanHouse post about how to read and attribute blogs properly?

One Response

  1. great stuff, truly

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