Thursday, October 24, 2019

Attention: Wichita Eagle

The Wichita Eagle is my hometown newspaper. Secretary of State Pompeo, also from Wichita (and a very smart man, I've met him a couple of times), was in town today with Ivanka Trump to meet with (the brilliant) Dr. Sheree Utash of Wichita State University. Ivanka and Sheree are on the President's workforce development team. They are also touring our aircraft factories to see 21st Century manufacturing techniques.

The Eagle is currently running a headline on its website I immediately thought was questionable:
I know Mike well enough that I thought it was highly unlikely he'd say that about a question. Sure enough, he did not. In the interview itself:

Eagle: And what good really is the word of the U.S. in light of the president’s treatment of the Kurds? Has that undercut U.S. credibility?
Pompeo: The whole predicate of your question is insane....

See the difference? Yet, in the headline, "Your question is insane" is in quotation marks which means means those were his exact words. Yet, they were not.

As was pointed out on Twitter this morning:
In this era of huge distrust of the media, quoting someone correctly is just basic journalism. The Eagle has had to lay off dozens of employees (including reporters) and just recently discontinued its Saturday edition. More than ever, this is not the time to misquote people.

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