Irony: Reuters Article Slamming Wikipedia For Corrections... Needs Correcting

from the funny-how-that-works dept

There are a group of folks who just love to criticize Wikipedia -- usually because they want it to be something it's not. As long as people understand the methodology in creating Wikipedia entries, there's really no issue at all. That's why it seemed so bizarre last week, after reports of Ken Lay's death showed up, that Reuters ran what was a pretty useless article about how Ken Lay's Wikipedia changed rapidly after reports of his death came out -- and some of those changes were somewhat different than the eventual story that came out. There's nothing particularly newsworthy there. Like any breaking story, some of the details may get confused at the beginning, but as the details become clearer the story gets crafted. Plenty of mainstream news stories have experienced the same exact thing. In fact... it happened in this very Reuters article. Slashdot points to someone who noticed the irony over the fact that Reuters needed to issue its very own correction on the story after it got its sources confused. What's even more ironic is, of course, that there are still plenty of versions of the uncorrected Reuters piece out there, but over at Wikipedia you can easily look back at the history yourself and see the corrections. So, where's Reuters breathless article on how Reuters' mistake "underscores the challenges" facing a news agency like Reuters "which as the news was breaking offered a variety of [sources] for [its story]"?

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Jul 2006 @ 7:16pm

    LOL FIRST POST

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    dorpus, 12 Jul 2006 @ 7:22pm

    lol i'm dorpus, i bet mike will correct this post because techdirt is dumb but i post comments all the time anyway

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    drawoC suomynonA, 12 Jul 2006 @ 7:25pm

    dou che

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Jul 2006 @ 7:36pm

    It's not good for business, being a journalist, to say, "There's nothing really newsworthy there," when talking about your topic. Just a bit of advice.

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      Mike (profile), 12 Jul 2006 @ 7:55pm

      Re:

      It's not good for business, being a journalist, to say, "There's nothing really newsworthy there," when talking about your topic. Just a bit of advice.

      Hmm?

      1. It's not good for whose business? It's not impacting ours any.

      2. "Being a journalist." We're not journalists. Never claimed to be.

      3. The point was that the *original* story wasn't newsworthy -- which is partly why we didn't bother posting it. What did seem interesting and newsworthy, though, was what happened afterwards. Hence this post.

      4. Thanks for the advice.

      :)

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    Just Some Dude, 12 Jul 2006 @ 8:41pm

    Anonymous Coward: you should try reading before posting comments.

    Mike: thanks for the post and comment. good points all around.

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Jul 2006 @ 9:42pm

    This is a step up from a previous Reuters article on Wikipedia.

    I never did see a correction on that article.

    -cmh

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    WhoNu, 12 Jul 2006 @ 9:52pm

    Ban em all

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    news or not, 13 Jul 2006 @ 3:10am

    wait a second

    Since when did wikapedia become a news source? I thought the goal of wikapedia was to be a collaborative encyclopedia not a replacement to the AP or BBC.

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    Scottux, 13 Jul 2006 @ 4:10am

    Wikipedia = HHGTTG

    Wikipedia is trying to be the Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy. A universal repository of human knowledge about everything written by everyone. It is in no way universal truth. It is not reporting or covering a story.

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    MrPaladin, 13 Jul 2006 @ 4:17am

    Re: HHGTTG

    hahaha +rep for the funny

    Don't Panic!

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    Obvious Man, 19 Jul 2006 @ 2:43pm

    Duh. Not a very unbiased opinion in this article, but then, it's hard to be unbiased in something like this - it's like the pot calling the kettle black ... except in this case, the kettle isn't black... it's shiny, stainless steel ...

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