10/21/2009 09:19 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

The Case of Richard Henne, or 'How Do We Know If News is Real?': MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer October 21, 2009

On Monday I reported that authorities alleged that Richard Henne, the man who said his kid was in the balloon, had called a tv station before he called 911. I asked why the tv station didn't confirm the situation before covering the story. It turns out that the news director of KUSA in Denver, not only confirmed the story, but spoke directly to the sheriff about it before sending a crew. Two interesting things here: 1) we got it wrong and went wide with our coverage and 2) we got our information from a trusted source. Which should bring a bigger digital life story into focus. In the information age, how far do you have to go before you can consider your fact checking complete? Obviously we didn't go far enough, but we thought we did. This is just the tip of the info-iceberg, even with the best of intentions, facts are at risk.

Oprah scored the first interview with Sarah Palin. The episode of Oprah will air November 16th, the day before Palin's new book, Going Togue: An American Life hits stores. The interview is another in a long line of Oprah exclusives, sure to guarantee high ratings for the Queen of Media.

After its officlal unveiling yesterday,Barnes & Noble's Nook will not hit the market today, or next week, but November 30th. The dual screen eReader comes with a free connection to AT&T's 3G network, as well as Wi-Fi capabilities. The other big news is that the Nook is powered by Google's Android operating system, a potentially big win for Google.

After selling a record number of iPhones and Mac's during the last quarter, Apple refreshed its line of iMac desktop computers today. The upgrade to the popular line includes larger screens, as well as the new Magic Mouse, which is touch sensitive.

Shelly Palmer is a consultant and the host of MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer a daily show featuring news you can use about technology, media & entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group LLC and the author of Television Disrupted: The Transition from Network to Networked TV. Shelly is also President of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. You can join the MediaBytes mailing list here. Shelly can be reached at For information about Get Digital Classes, visit