A lot of commenters to my "Charles Johnson" post earlier this week thought I was attacking CJ and Little Green Footballs for nailiing Reuters on the Photoshopped photos. What I was trying to do was point out that there seems to be a serious shortage of fact-checking at that wire service. Today's example: a story about Spike Lee's new film. (Hat tip: Tim Lowell) The title of the film, "When the Levees Broke", doesn't get in the way of Reuters' writer, who makes up a fictitious description of the hurricane that didn't destroy New Orleans:
The film, originally meant to be only two hours long, chronicles how a great American city was reduced to rubble by a Category 5 hurricane,
Lee's film receives its world premiere on Wednesday night when it will be shown to 16,000 people at the New Orleans Coliseum.
That's a venue known to everyone except Reuters as the New Orleans Arena. There is no Coliseum in New Orleans, at least not since the old Coliseum theater, recently a recording studio, burned down shortly after the flood.
Writer Arthur Spiegelman clearly took the press release from Spike's distributor, mixed it with a couple of half-remembered facts from newsmagazine stories, and barely stirred.