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Regret the Error: How Media Mistakes Pollute the Press and Imperil Free Speech

In Regret the Error, journalist Craig Silverman asks key questions that concern everyone who follows the news, both print and broadcast: What is the wellspring of the flood of errors in the news? What can be done to minimize mistakes? Does this culture of error degrade our media-driven society? The resulting answers make for a lively journey through the history of media mistakes, punctuated with a collection of journalistic slip-ups, some of which are hilarious, while others are calamitous and even tragic.rnBy pinpointing numerous categories of error, Silverman shines a 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.rnrn

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