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ERICA FRANCIS  refers to LAUREN AKINS as "Lauren Atkins" on the November 26, 2020 edition of WKRN News at 4 p.m.


MATTHEW LEIMKUELER refers to June, 1970 "marathon" recording sessions at The Spence Manor.  The Spence Manor did not exist until its 1974 construction.

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KELSEY GIBBS refers to “John Hopkins” University on the November 11, 2020 edition of WTVF-TV’s 10 p.m. newscast.

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HODA KOTB mispronounced the surname of  "our friend, PATRICK SCHWARZENEGGER” on the November 9, 2020 edition of NBC’s Today with Hoda and Jenna.

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MAJOR GARRETT conflated presidents when referring to BENJAMIN HARRISON as “Benjamin Hayes” on the November 7, 2020 edition of CBS NewsAmerica Decides election coverage.

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Dr. MEHMET OZ used a portion of the October 26, 2020 segment of the syndicated program that bears his name to mislead seniors into thinking that they were about to receive the equivalent of the free information about Medicare  Advantage plans, his  intent being to see that Oz' audience was ”armed with all the facts” so they could “choose the right Medicare advantage plan with the benefits that you want” with no mention of the fact that   “trusted sponsorship partners” medicare advantage.com is one among several coverage options including Basic Medicare

Rather, Oz introduced “insurance expert” PAULA SANDERS telling viewers that “Not only has Paula helped thousands of people learn about their Medicare options, but she has a Medicare advantage plan herself, which speaks volumes.”  Claims of zero dollars per month premiums, video of Oz touring a call center where "multilingual" and "licensed" insurance agents would take calls via "a special phone number" for Oz viewers  were not balanced with full disclosure about the special number being set up to track the success of the targeted advertising, copays, the IRMAA, etc.

At the very end of the program, was there a disclaimer inviting viewers to contact Medicare for a complete list of coverage options and admission, in the form of fine print that scrolled during the program's credits, that the preceding was essentially a paid endorsement.  Only if a viewer was reading the credits at the end of the program would small print reveal that the preceding was essentially a paid endorsement and that viewers were being directed to a company owned by TZ Insurance Solutions LLC

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Journalism's wall of separation between advertising and editorial parted when DEBORAH NORVILLE introduced a JIM MORET report by explaining  to viewers that “We teamed up with medicareadvantage.com and its licensed insurance agent ANDROMEDA DeBERRY…”   “licensed insurance agent & medicareadvantage.com  and spokesperson” shills for same on the October 27, 2020 as part of Inside Edition.

At the conclusion of the segment, a medicareadvantage.com commercial was shown.

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KITTY WELLS would not be happy that Ryman Auditorium General Manager GARY LEVY referred to LORETTA LYNN as “The Queen of Country Music” on the October 23, 2020 edition of the Circle TV and WSM Radio simulcast of Coffee, Country and Cody.

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ALEXANDRA KOEHN reported that  "less people will be in crowded areas..." on the October 21, 2020 edition of  WTVF's 4 p.m. newscast.

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MATTHEW LEIMKUEHLER refers to SAM WILLIAMS' "siblings HANK WILLIAMS, III, HOLLY WILLIAMS and HILARY WILLIAMS" in an article published in the October 21, 2020 issue of The Tennessean

In reality Hank III (a/k/a SHELTON), Holly and Hilary Williams are half-siblings.   

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ALEXANDRA KOEHN reported that  "less people will be in crowded areas..." on the October 21, 2020 edition of  WTVF's 4 p.m. newscast.

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MIKE HUCKAEE mispronounces HODA KOTB's surname on the October 17, 2020 edition of TBN's Huckabee.

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BRANDON SHIELDS reported in the September 23, 2020 edition of the Jackson Sun (Jackson, Tennessee) of  W.S. “FLUKE” HOLLAND’s death earlier that day that “According to his obituary, family will receive friends…”

Uh- the only obits I'm aware of that appear on the date of the deceased's death are those prepared by news organizations, and instantaneously retrieved from their "morgues," in advance of a celebrity's passing- or, as is becoming fashionable of late, people will write their own obituaries in anticipation of their passing.  Neither of these types obits typically include funeral arrangements.

And then there's this about Holland: "... he joined the Carl Perkins Brothers band in 1954 and toured with them for 60 years before joining (Johnny) Cash’s band."

CARL, JAY and CLAYTON PERKINS toured from 1954 to 2014?  How do you figure when Jay died in 1958, Clayton in 1973, Carl in 1998 and JOHNNY CASH in 2003?

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During the September 23, 2020 edition of WSMV's News 4 at NoonHOLLY THOMPSON informed viewers that “Today TIME Magazine announced its list of the world’s most influential people.”

In reality TIME’s news release announcing same was released a day earlier, coinciding with ABC’s TIME100 TV special that aired the evening of September 22, 2020.

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LES TRENT mispronounces NINA TOTENBERG’s surname on the September 22, 2020 (syndicated) telecast of Inside Edition.

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VICKI YATES spoke of educators' need to “revert back” on the news segment of the September 21, 2020 edition of WTVF’s Talk of the Town.
 
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GEERT De LOMBAERD refers to Ryman Auditorium General Manager GARY LEVY as "Gary Levi" in a Nashville Scene article published September 15, 2020.  

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NEIL SHAH misidentified the Country Music Association Awards (not to be confused with the Academy of Country Music Awards) as the "Country Music Awards" in the September 2, 2020 edition of The Wall Street Journal.

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ROBIN ROBERTS refers to Senator and presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee KAMALA HARRIS as "the VEEP" on the August 12, 2020 edition of ABC's  Good Morning America.
 

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GAYLE KING refers to "very unique" tribute to JOHN LEWIS on the July 31, 2020 edition of CBS News This Morning.



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KATHLEEN JACOB redundantly tells viewers "When it comes to revertign back..." on the July 1, 2020 edition of Fox 17 News at 9 p.m.



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KERRY SAYERS refers to STEVE ALLEN as "Steven Allen" on the July 1, 2020 episode of Decades TV's Through the Decades

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JULIA PALAZZO speaks of "reverting back" to the road back to reopening on the June 30, 2020 edition of WKRN's News 2 at 11 a.m.

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CARSON DALY refers to RHETT AKINS as "Rhett Atkins" on the June 26, 2020 edition of NBC's Today .

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VLADIMIR DUTHIERS refers to "star of Davids" on the May 5, 2020 edition of CBS This Morning.



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