[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here. Or by Twitter @AaronWorthing.]
Update (II): And MRC TV has posted the video.
(Click on the image to watch the video.)
Gee, does any of that look familiar? That being said, I’m not actually annoyed so much as proud to get that on the air.
Anyway, let me extend a big thanks to Steven Gutowski of MRC TV. I asked him to post this, this morning, with the promise of links back in return and he did exactly that.
Update: I was wrong, below. You can still “like” my comment over at time, so keep it up.
As regular readers know, a few days ago I published a piece outlining 13 errors in Richard Stengel’s essay on the Constitution. And yesterday, I made my debut at Big Journalism with a modified version of the same piece, entitled Fourteen Clear Factual Errors in Richard Stengel’s Essay on the Constitution (and I am Looking For Your Help. In both versions I created a short, cut-and-paste-ready list of errors and told people to spam the site with them.
So I wake up this morning to see this mention in my twitter by Liz Buddie:
Pretty sure someone used @AaronWorthing ‘s excellent post on Time’s piece abt Constitution at @Patterico as a cheat sheet for Fox segment.
So quickly I turned on the TV and used my Tivo to check and sure enough, they had a segment on the Time Magazine article. Steve Doocy had Judge Napolitano on as a guest, and said something close to this “someone has checked and found a number of errors in Time’s article” and up on the screen was three items. I didn’t have the chance to listen to all of it, but Napolitano was proving each false easily.
To borrow a cliché from Patrick, if that wasn’t my work, I’ll eat my hat. And leaving out my name is not completely surprising. Maybe they just saw the list of errors without seeing who created it, since many people have been cutting and pasting the list without a link back.
So we are seeing signs that the media is taking notice of this journalistic scandal.
And here comes the blegging part. If any of you know where I might find video of that segment or a similar one, please give me a link for that one. I would love to be able to show you what I saw this morning.
Also, in closely related news, Time has shut down comments on that story. Now it could be the case of deciding to close it simply because a certain amount of time had passed. And yet there are items that are older than the Stengel piece, and their comments are open (like here and here). But I have seen other items written on the same day that also closed their comments, so think of it what you will. Either way, it is no longer possible to spam their site, or “like” any of the comments [correction: the “like” function still works] (and my comment was liked 413 times).
But you can still write to the editor, here. Hint, hint.
As I said before, be polite and stick to the facts. If you denounce his philosophy, they will ignore you, but as they say, facts are stubborn things…
You can see the letter I sent them, here.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]