Skip to comments.There Is an Embarrassing Problem With This ABC ‘World News’ Report…
Posted on 09/07/2013 8:59:22 AM PDT by Impala64ssa
Diane Sawyer and her ABC News team gave critics of the mainstream media even more ammunition after Sawyer reported on a three-year-old story as if it were current during World News on Thursday evening.
The story was about a massive Chinese traffic jam outside Beijing now entering its third week. After noting that traffic had come to a standstill and people were eating noodles on the roadside, Sawyer reported that the jam would end on around Sept. 17 following the completion of scheduled construction.
The huge problem? The original report is from August 2010 snip
Mediaites Andrew Kirell calls the gaffe one of the goofier examples of sloppy journalism, which may be putting it kindly. He explains how the mistake may have happened:
The only 2013-dated articles on this traffic jam appear on the India Times website and on The Daily Beasts Cheat Sheet link dump. The formers write-up says the traffic has been ongoing for only nine days, so clearly thats not the source. And given the Beasts popularity in America, this little blurb could be where ABC first spotted the story:
It seems as though the Beast mistook the story to be current, but later updated their link-out with a correction: Editors note: The traffic jam described in this news summary occured [sic] in August 2010.
So lets assume an ABC producer found the story there, but saw it before the Beast updated to reflect the actual date. They would still have had to completely ignore the time and date on the actual CBC article containing many of the details Sawyer reported on air.
Further, given the multiple sources the report likely required, one of the shows producers probably looked at several other articles on the traffic jam and somehow missed those 2010 time stamps as well.
Kirell concludes with one more fair, unanswered question: Who obtained those photographs of the Chinese traffic jam without noticing they were from 2010?
Tools for Obama.
Diane Sawyer is more embarrassing than Shepard Smith?
Well, I must say, her mascara looks better than ‘his’.
Does Sum Ting Wong work on the ABC News team.
Does Sum Ting Wong work on the ABC News team?
Tools for Obama.
no ,just Tools , LOL
News reporting in the US mainstream media consists of trolling the Internet for stories and repeating administration talking points. The only real reporting I see comes from blogs and foreign media.
They have to use old trivial news, since they haven’t yet figured out how to make Obama a hero over Syria.
Surprised they didn’t bring up Katrina.
Mickey Mantle, lol.
I actually saw this report yesterday. Way to go ABC.
Cutting edge journalism only 3 years old. In their defense they were
probably momentarily blinded by the twerking girl catching fire.
hey, stop being unfair to ABC. To save money and still get reports from far away places like China, they are using 1500’s sailing ships to courier messages, so it was actually very speedy - in fact, it is amazing it got through at all given the lack of navigation equipment and vulnerability to storms!
The thing is, people who watch the unwatchable network newscasts (and Diane Sawyer is probably the most unwatchable of the bunch) will never have any clue that the puff piece they saw Thursday night was 3 years old. People who watch network news are the kind of people who tend to vote for people like Ubama. That is, they are mostly the elderly dregs of the ignorant chattering class.
So, it is nice that The Blaze pointed out this latest piece of eye-rolling, network news idiocy, but nobody who matters cares.
I am glad to know ABC has more sources than just the White House.
I can’t stand Dianne Sawyer’s pseudo-homespun attempt at familiarity.
Ho Lee Fuk
Wee Tu Lo
No on except low info’s watch the MSM “news”, so as hitlery so astutely stated “what difference does it make?”
She’s been schnockered on live news events in the past. This doesn’t surprise me.
The three nets should end the pretense of journalism at this point. They don’t do entertainment OR journalism well any more.
Sports is something they don’t do well anymore either. Contrast Pat Summerall with Jim Nance doing the Masters. No contest. Unwatchable, except on mute, which means you don’t hear the swipe of the club, the impact of the ball on the green, the sound of the wind, and other elements that make golf coverage good.
How many ex-jocks or coaches does it take to provide coverage of football? Fox has six, sometimes seven people at a desk, and the exchange is, well, thank goodness you can go to the internet for scores.
Bloated, drunk, f*cked out, past their prime, and in their fear of decline, defensive and taking themselves way too seriously - that’s network TV in 2013.
So, yeah, I can see them not doing the homework necessary to figure out whether what they are putting on the air is actually happening, or something that happened three years ago. Makes perfect sense to me.
There’s no news without Gary Gnu.
Diane Sawyer has always been a liberal tool. Didn’t she work for the Democrats in congress during the Watergate investigation?
The producer is responsible for everything that goes in the newscast...compiling reporters' stories and building them into the rundown, writing "voice overs", which are stories the anchor merely reads while the video is rolling, and finding voice overs from the network feed to run. Probably what happened here is some dumba** know nothing 25 year old who got their job at network because of nepotism, didn't think to check the date on the traffic jam story, because they needed a story to fit the international news segment, and that one fit the bill.
Anchors, like Diane Sawyer, are nothing more than talking heads. If you can get them to read their scripts before they go on the air, you're lucky. Their expertise is with filling time, and either speeding up or slowing down their delivery as the producer talks in their IFB (earpiece) from the control room, keeping them apprised of how much time is left before the next commercial break. Not that the anchors listen to the producer...they're far more important, you know.
In short, no one in the newsroom, except for a few grizzled old editors that people don't listen to anyway, know anything about what's actually going on. The FReeper who said the only real journalism going on these days are blogs and the foreign press, is spot on right.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
Truth. She constantly looks like she needs to drink an entire bottle of laxative and spend some significant time on "da throne" (severely constipated).
I like ABC’s new ad campaign. “If you don’t watch ABC, you are uninformed. If you do watch ABC, you are misinformed”.
OOPS! I stand corrected.
News reporting in the US mainstream media consists of trolling LEFTIST WEBSITES ON the Internet for stories and repeating administration talking points.
Yeah, it’s harder to spout crap and get away with it.
Hence their efforts to curtail or control it.
I watch ABC news for about 3 minutes every week. And FReepers who watch at that same time know exactly what I am talking about.
Definitely appointment TV.
Now there was a true athlete. Played both baseball and football on college scholarship and was offered big league baseball and NFL contracts!
Nah. Three years to get news from China???
Even in the 1870’s a clipper chip could make it from China to England in one hundred days!
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I call them news readers, no more no less.
Sto Ree Ohld is in charge of fact checking at ABC.
When ABC claims to have a "News" organization, it is wildly inaccurate reporting.
In other words they reported something they read on the internet on a network newscast instead of getting their own crew there.
Why does network news still exist anyway?
Even if this story were not 3 years old, why does ABC give a Beijing traffic jam more news time than, say, the Benghazi scandal?
The medical term for the lady’s condition is: anal retentive. Behind those colored contacts, her eyes are BROWN.
It works like the sight tube on a coffee urn.
More proof the vermin media will put anything on the air to avoid reporting little barry bastard boy’s impeachable criminality.
Because the Beijing traffic jam isn’t Obunga’s responsibility....Benghazi WAS and IS!
Duh, use up air time with fluff so they won’t have to report on hussein.
What is the background of this photo?
I put more trust in the turd I flushed down the commode than any word coming from her mouth.
Long before home computers the govt was spying on us. Online before web sites, when they started I could actually count the number of every day's sites at Yahoo's "New Sites" category.
But now there are so many websites it's possible that no one knows exactly how many there are; even the govt might only be capable of estimating it.
But those are computers. You can be certain that not one single Dem knows a fraction of what's online because they still talk like we're all ignorant when a lot of us are onto them and seeing them as horrid fools.
Inauguration night 2009...either drunk on booze or Obama love.
A three-year-old story reported as new?
Let me guess... ABC thought that George Bush was driving below the speed limit again?