How Media Mistakes Pollute the Press and Imperil Free Speech
Author: Craig Silverman
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
Category: Social Science
Winner of the National Press Club's Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism! From Craig Silverman, proprietor of www.RegretTheError.com, comes a lively journey through the history of media mistakes via a chronicle of funny, shocking, and often disturbing journalistic slip-ups. The errors—running the gamut from hilarious to tragic—include “Fuzzy Numbers” (when numbers and math undermine reporting) “Obiticide” (printing the obituary of a living person), and “Unintended Consequences” (typos and misidentifications that create a new, incorrect reality). While some of the errors are laugh-out-loud funny, the book also offers a serious investigation of contemporary journalism's lack of accountability to the public, and a rousing call to arms for all news organizations to mend their ways and reclaim the role of the press as honest voice of the people.
This is a true story of a small girl born in a home where she experiences one disaster after another. Growing up in a family of five children and three adults, one of which is her mother's lover, she suffers third degree burns on her upper body, boil infections, a dog bite to the jugular vein, and a severed toe before she was five years old. However, she perseveres and develops an "I can do anything" attitude which results in over achieving every task she undertakes. This is due to the love and support from a foster mother who takes Betty and Barbara into her home. The story is filled with tragedy, comedy, and warmth and gives an insight into how kids survive in poverty and how schools can many times work against them.