The Halls were married on March 16, 1968, so that's close- but no
cigar! To make a long story short, once the error was called to
Cindy's attention, to her credit she called me about it. By that
time a number of respected news organizations had taken Watts' word for
it and the error had been circulated worldwide. In response to my
question, Cindy told me her information had come from the Halls'
"people." I was hardly surprised, suggesting to Watts' that I had
seen Halls' employees come and go over the 40 years, comparing them to
a "revolving door." At that point, Cindy's story changed
slightly: She told me the Halls had given her the
information. She added that they were not interested in
correcting it and therefore she would not be checking with Tennessee's
Department of Vital Records, the Tennessee
State Library and Archives, the Metro Archives,
ancestry.com nor any number of sources that would confirm what I had taken the time
and trouble to inform the newspaper.
Cindy's readers look to her for the truth, but she indicated the matter
would end with her phone call, claiming that her editor, LINDA ZETTLER was satisfied
with what Watts had written. If that, sadly, happens to be true,
Cindy should realize that, accurate or not, Watts' name is on what she
writes and, if that doesn't matter to her, it may to her next
Even more shocking, MEG DOWNEY,
the newspaper's managing editor rationalizes the gap between the
newspaper's stated position on accuracy and reality. Even when I
provided the location of the Halls' marriage and their marriage
certificate number, Meg assured me that "Cindy Watts did check with the
Halls and others on their marriage date, as you noted. We did not
find other information on online databases and they have not asked for
Downey might have added that neither the Halls nor anyone else
apparently offered any other specific wedding day
either. I wonder why that might be? Does microfilm lie?
But, then again, the Halls are quick to tell anyone who is aware of
their selective memories that they are not good with dates. There
are reasons for that, found in public records and elsewhere, that blow
the lid off a carefully-crafted public image, yet due to obstacles such
as this latest example of the Tennessean's newsroom culture of
laziness, hypocrisy and enabling (all of which apparently passes muster
none of which
would pass muster with the Society
of Professional Journalists), that story has yet to be written.
Full disclosure: I would be happy to answer any specific questions
about conflicts-of-interest, real or perceived, I have in reporting
these matters (including, but also above and beyond what I have
previously addressed here).
contributor JANICE LIEBERMAN spoke of celebrities who
have endorsed products, during the September 2, 2012 edition of the
program, mentioning PAT BOONE, Lieberman neglected to mention that
Boone was the first celebrity pitchman to be successfully sued by the Federal Trade
to DOLLY PARTON, ALAN
FRIO told viewers of the
June 16, 2012 edition of WSMV-TV's
10 p.m. newscast that "She's known as 'The Queen of Country
Music.'" KITTY WELLS
is universally known as The Queen of Country Music.
Following the June 5, 2012 publication
THOMAS BROWN's screed, I sent Brown the
following: "Thomas Brown, You appear to be in violation of your own
sites TOS (specifically the defamation clause).
"Assuming you have the common courtesy- or
it decency? Integrity? Fairness?- to print this response to your
unprovoked personal attack, it is likewise interesting that you have
also violated the spirit of your log-in message indicating 'We would
love to hear from you regarding any error, issues and enhancement that
will help you...'
"Several people were interviewed for the USA TODAY article. You chose to focus solely
on me and my responses to questions asked of me.
As a quick look at my online CV
will confirm, to suggest I am (merely) a 'newsletter' editor is both
technically erroneous and, in my case, as inadequate as identifying the
pope as 'Catholic.'
"A statement that I was in search of
'riches' was not a direct quote and that I was 'disappointed' in the
IPO process was only with respect to the handling of the Facebook offering. (Facebook was not my
first IPO investment and some of them have turned out quite well,
"Likewise, as indicated, I fully intended to
hang on to the 100 shares I have kept, so, again, it is inaccurate to
suggest that, as a long-term investor, I would not expect fluctuations
in value. The 'current' value of these shares is not an issue
until such time as I intend to sell, thus, again, the suggestion that I
came out anything other than ahead (certainly on the day of the
Facebook IPO and arguably even now) since I was able to flip 400 shares
AT A PROFIT and there is no reason I won't be able to sell the
remaining shares at at least $37.01 is totally false.
"As to my belief that I had an edge, that
belief was bolstered by MorganStanley
and virtually every news outlet that reported on the IPO in advance of
the offering. "
"If the class action lawsuits and/or other
investigations result in heads rolling, fines, rebukes, SEC changes and/or other indications deception or
outright fraud has occurred, won't it (re)victimize those of us
whistle-blowers who protest the chicanery for you to dismiss and
stigmatize us as 'whining'?"
Again, while soliciting responses to his blog
posts,Brown has refused to post (or otherwise acknowledge receiving or
respond to) the above.
Beginning June 1, 2012 THE
TENNESSEAN increased its print subscription prices while
slapping a paywall on its tennessean.com URL. Prior to that time,
the newspaper began to suppress real-time online feedback to articles
on its website, in the name of civility, by requiring that readers use
Facebook accounts to post their responses. The action elicited a
letter to the editor, published, in the print edition, citing the
dangers of Facebook.
In response to that observation, STACY HARRIS wrote on March 24, 2012, "How
ironic that, due due a TENNESSEAN policy that discriminates against
those of us who choose not to join Facebook, I could not post these
same sentiments by responding to this newspaper's online invitation to
'Share Your Thoughts' using the link at tennessean.com that exists
solely for that purpose!
"What is the purpose of the paper's recently
hiring a Community Engagement Editor who keeps his silence when even
his employer's best customers (I subscribe to the daily and Sunday
print editions) are prohibited by policy from being fully 'engaged' in
the real-time give-and-take?"
On April 10, 2012 amid the silence to that
point, the letter was resubmitted for publication. The action
elicited an immediate response from FRANK DANIELS III (copied to letters editor TED RAYBURN)
policy and thanking me "for your letter to the editor which [we] will
enjoy publishing." (For undisclosed reasons, although possibly
due to circumstances such as mine, Daniels title had subtlety changed
from Community Engagement Editor to Community Conversations Editor.)
With the resubmitted letter yet to run on
May 31, 2012, I wrote KATE MARYMONT informing her that "The Gannett-wide
policy of requiring Facebook registration has frozen me out of not only
posting to tennessean.com but now also Brainstorm
"I understand the 'accountability' argument
but that accountability can be achieve in other ways. The new
paywall could be expanded so that, along with a user name and password,
everyone with access... must also include, say, a unique five-digit ID
number with which to readily identify the subscriber by name, address
and phone number...
"I realize I can still [email] letters to the
editor. The reality is I did submit one on this very subject...
that it was not published, that I resubmitted it and received word from
Frank Daniels, III that it would run- but I still haven't seen
No reply from Ms. Marymont but, once again,
in a same-day email response, Daniels wrote (copying Ms. Marymont
De VARENNE), "Stacy, I will
on the letter."
As of June 6, 2012 the letter has not run and
no explanation has been received.
Reporting on DONNA SUMMER's passing, MARK BELLINGER
told viewers of the May 23, 2012 edition of WTVF-TV's
5 p.m. newscast that "last year
Summer was diagnosed with lung cancer even though she never
smoked." The singer, in fact, was
a smoker as footage of her smoking in a recording studio control room
while listening to playbacks reveals.
When, during the April
22, 2012 edition of CNN's Reliable
Sources, BILL PRESS referred to JOHN KENNEDY as "the first Catholic with a serious
shot at the presidency," Press ignored the fact that AL SMITH received 40.8 per cent of the popular
vote (and 87 electoral votes) during the 1928 presidential election.
Daily editions of THE
TENNESSEAN note that the newspaper "values accuracy" and
include a phone number as well as email and snail-mail addresses
readers may use to "report factual errors." A factual error in The Tennessean's May 11, 2012 print
edition concerning an observer at an annual shareholders' meeting being
identified in a captioned photo (credited to GEORGE
WALKER IV) on the front page of the newspaper's business section as
a shareholder was reported but never retracted.
PIERS MORGAN referred to "country queen" TRISHA YEARWOOD on the April 13, 2012 edition of PIERS MORGAN Tonight. The Queen of Country
of course, KITTY WELLS as REBA McENTIRE informed Morgan during
the March 30, 2012 of the same program when Morgan suggested the
was a "fitting" description of Reba: You ARE the queen of
country. I mean, lots of people are called the 'queen of
I've done a little record check of my country fans- the ones who are
and they tell me there's only one queen. There are
DOLLY, EMMYLOU. But there is only one queen."
As Morgan paused, McEntire responded
emphatically: "Kitty Wells." Piers, who apparently has never
heard of Wells, asked "Is that who you think?"
Subsequently sensing, or perhaps reacting to subtle instruction, that
wasn't a personal opinion but an historical appellation that was at
issue, Morgan revised his description of McEntire, indicating that (in
his opinion) she is the "reigning queen of country."
exchange came following an earlier segment of the program during whichTOUR criticized
the British expatriate, who has been in the U.S. for six years,
for being ill-informed about America's racial sensitivities, saying
"You are too new to the situation to fully understand what's going on
here, and what's really at stake for America."
Morgan's response? "What a loud of fatuous nonsense you speak,
don't you TOUR?
RANDLES mispronounced the (Hebrew) word charoset, haroset or
charoses as "hairoset" (the variant, English spellings of the
Hebrew, חֲרֽוֹסֶת , are all pronounced the same way, with emphasis on
the second syllable: ḥărōset) during the April 6, 2012 edition of WSMV-TV's
5 p.m. newscast.
Bean was a game show panelist and author and occasional entertainment
program host, but he was never famous for hosting a talk show.
introduced BILL WEIR's
"exclusive" report on "the company that makes those gadgets that
millions of us love" on the February 21, 2012 edition of ABC's Good Morning America.
However, following Weir's report, one in a series on the same subject
not only on GMA, but also World News and Nightline,
the claim to exclusivity as well as the
motivation for the report began to unravel.
Billed as Apple's
Magic Factory, the subject of Weir's report was that of Apple's biggest
factory. The factory, a scene of explosions that have killed or
workers and suicides among under-aged laborers forced to work overtime,
according to Weir had received such bad publicity that "as pressure
mounted, they invited not only us but also the Fair Labor Association, a
association, to audit Foxconn, publish the results, no matter how
[detrimental], talk to anyone and go anywhere we wanted."
In the process Weir found workers complaining about low pay and
repetitive tasks. They were surrounded by suicide nets, though,
indicated, incidents of suicide among Foxconn workers were lower than
Though Weir admits that "by our standards, this is real
soul-crushing work," nothing Bill found rose to the level of that which
prompted the investigation. And, at the close of the report,
disclaimers to the effect that his network's (ABC) parent company (The WALT DISNEY Company)'s
CEO sits on Apple's Board and that STEVE JOBS'
estate is Disney's largest shareholder were cited to establish that
Apple came calling I said those ties would have no bearing on our
and, though we saw no egregious [violations], if the Fair Trade
Association does find them we'll report those as well going forward."
Even if it's not sweeps month? And who's going to hold Weir and
need a grammar when she indicated during the station's January 21, 2012
9 p.m. newscast that "ANNETTE HOARD said
and her staff..."
When WYNTON MARSALIS recalled in a "package report"
airing on the January 16, 2012 edition of CBS This
Morning that. as a second-grader in April, 1968, he learned that MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. had been assassinated when
he was "sent home from school early that day" none of the program hosts
(CHARLIE ROSE, GAYLE KING and ERICA HILL) pointed out that the program's segment
producer(s) failed to catch the fact that Marsalis' recollection is
erroneous: King was shot a 6:01 p.m. Central time and was
pronounced dead a little over an hour later (7:05 p.m.).
HOLLY THOMPSON "informed" viewers of WSMV-TV's
January 13, 2012 noon newscast
that a cause of death could not be established by indicating "That's
what an autopsy's hoping to learn."
STORME WARRENleft English teachers aghast when he referred
to the "First Annual Crested Butte Songwriters Festival" on the January
19, 2012 edition of Headline
COLLINS' January 12, 2012 death was noted two days later in the The
TENNESSEAN's January 14, 2012 print edition, courtesy of an
above-the-fold obituary with PETER
COOPER's byline, the final paragraph noted that "Funeral and
survivor details are not yet available."
But right below the fold was a photo of the Grand Ole Opry star and
death notice that listed Collins' survivors, funeral and burial details!
The copy desk caper occurred following DEMETRIA KALODIMOS' voice-over announcement of
Collins' death on the January 13, 2012 edition of WSMV's 10 p.m. newscast.
Kalodimos' announcement came as video ran, not of Collins, but of PETE KIRBY (a/k/a BASHFUL BROTHER OSWALD) who died
nearly a decade before! Demetria made matters worse when she
noted that both musicians not only played in ROY ACUFF's band but teamed to form the comedy duo
Oz and Charlie, pronouncing Oz incorrectly as "ooze."
During the January 6, 2012 edition of the ANTHONY MASON reported
dire prospects of those who, having been laid off, have found new
jobs. "In manufacturing, for example, if you've lost your job and
been rehired, typically you're taking a 19% pay cut, which, on average,
means over the next 25 years you'll lose about $112,000 in
If the Center's figures are correct then JEAN CHATZKY's report on the same evening's
program, suggesting that the Social Security "payout goes up 8% for
every year that you delay taking it" is incorrect.
WILLIAMSreported on the January 4, 2012 edition
NEWSthat the reopened investigation of NATALIE WOOD's November, 1981 death failed to
produce any new leads, Williams quoted a Los Angeles Sheriff's
Department's spokesperson who "blamed a book for the publicity blitz."
Williams failed to explain that
the publicity blitz that pressured the department to reopen the cold
case occurred some 20 years after Woods case; one year after the
November 2010 publication of the book in question.
STORME WARRENhad Headline
Country: Year in Review viewers scratching their heads when he
suggested, during the December 28, 2011 telecast, regarding plans for TIM McGRAW-KENNY CHESNEY musical collaboration, that fans
"Look for a potential duet."
SCOTT ARNOLD mispronounced "Bonaparte" during the
December 17, 2011 edition of WTVF-TV's 6 p.m.
HOLLY THOMPSON told viewers of WSMV-TV's
Channel 4 News at Noon's December
16, 2011 edition about the arrest of a woman who was charged with
embezzlement. Thompson identified the woman, mentioned other
details, such of the amount of the bond, but failed to mention the name
of the victimized jewelry store or its owner!
CINDY WATTS correctly
identified CHARLIE MONK as the "self-proclaimed Mayor of
Music Row," in the newspaper's December 12, 2011 edition.
However, in so doing Watts failed to mention that Monk curiously
continues to ignore
the fact that, historically, the honorary title belongs to CHARLIE LAMB.
STEPHANIE SY told viewers of the December 2, 2011
edition of ABC's Nightlinethat in the sports
world "There aren't many famous men who advertise their virginity, save
for TIM TEBO who's been called the only virgin in the
In reality, Sy might
have cited Tebo as this generation of professional athletes' A.C. GREENE, presuming she's even heard of the
retired NBA basketball star.
ERIN QUINN (or her copy
editor) misspelled RICK BOLSOM's surname in an article published in the newspaper's October 30,
2011 edition, while the newspaper's managing editor, MEG DOWNEY has yet to reply to email requests for
written clarification, that would assure that Downey is not
misquoted, re: statements made during an October 20, 2011 phone
conversation during which Downey was asked why the The Tennessean
refuses to allow the subject of a defamatory, and otherwise factually
inaccurate wire story, published in the newspaper the opportunity to
respond, and to accurately state Downey's position on why an
unaddressed violation of the U.S. and Tennessee constitutions, that now
threatens to clog appellate courts in both Tennessee and the rest of
the country, does not warrant The Tennessean's
Neither Moderator DAVID GREGORY nor Meet the Press' guest panelists
corrected Gregory's mentor, TOM BROKAW during the October 30, 2011 edition of Meet the Press when Brokaw, likely launching his
(late) former fellow NBC News anchor EDWIN NEWMAN in some serious grave-spinning after
Brokaw, having earlier in the program referred to PAT ROBERTSON as "Pat Roberts," apparently guessed
that "faux passers" is the plural of a common French phrase, faux
pas. Faux pas refers to one or more instances of the same slip,
blunder, or false step as applicable.
MARTIN mispronounced JONATHAN MEADOR's surname during the October 29,
2011edition of WSMV-TV's
9 a.m. newscast. The same evening, Martin and ALAN
FRIOrepeated the error
while Frio additionally erred by referring to "Harding Pike" as being
in "South Nashville" during
the 6 p.m. edition of the station's newscast. Later in the evening Frio once again
mispronounced Meador's name during Channel 4's 10 p.m. newscast as did SCOTT ARNOLD and BRENT FRAZIER during the October 29, 2011 edition
of WTVF-TV's 10 p.m.
newscast, ERIN HOLT during WKRN-TV's respective late night newscast of
the same evening and, once again, Martin on WSMV-TV's
6 a.m. October 30, 2011 newscast.
Not to be outdone, CARA
KUMARI also mispronounced Jonathan's surname
during the 6 p.m. edition of WSMV-TV's
6 p.m. October 31, 2011 newscast.
JENNIFER JOHNSON couldn't bring herself to utter
the word "vibrator" as she referenced a news item about a Transportation Security
Administration employee leaving an inappropriate note for the
traveler, in whose bag the inspector found the sex toy, on the October
25, 2011 edition of WSMV-TV's
5 p.m. newscast. Johnson spoke of an "adult personal item"
teasing (no pun intended) co anchor TOM
RANDLES by adding "I wonder what it was." Randles
replied "It wasn't something for a five year-old. We know that."
RANDLES referred to AMY GRANT as a "country-music superstar" during
the October 20, 2011 edition of WSMV's 10 p.m. newscast.
Grammar-challenged AMANDA HARA referred to "less people"
on the October 20, 2011 edition of WTVF's 5 p.m.
GORDON mispronounced THOM SCHYLER's surname as "Schuler" (the correct
pronunciation is "Skyler") during the October 16, 2011 edition of WSMV's
6 a.m. newscast. The same evening, ALAN
FRIOrepeated the error on
the 10 p.m. edition of the station's newscast.
In preparation for her report airing on the
October 11, 2011 edition of NBC's
WOLFE interviewed SARAH BROKAW. Wolfe identified Brokaw as a
"therapist and author," but failed to disclose that Sarah is also TOM BROKAW's daughter. The latter is
relevant because the "retired" NBC news anchor continues to serve as a
"special correspondent" for the peacock network.
NBC News' TRACIE POTTS' October 10, 2011 report on the
2012 election's Republican presidential candidates focused on the
candidates' reaction to what Potts termed "MITT ROMNEY's Mormon religion." Curiously,
when Potts put the question to JON HUNTSMAN neither alluded to the fact that
Huntsman is also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints,
let alone what impact that fact, or the fact of two members of the
Church are seeking the GOP's presidential nomination, has or will have
on the race.
Holt must have been reading from a network news release. Nashville is
in the Central Time Zone where the program will air at 9 p.m.
things are afoot at The
Tennessean. Amid parent company Gannett-generated
system-wide local-level layoffs, the newspaper announced that readers
could "win a spot as a newspaper columnist." Reading the fine
print, the opportunity was a commitment to run the "winner"'s weekly
column for eight weeks.
Applicants were to submit two original, and not previously published,
500-word columns and a "one paragraph biography that also tells why you
want to write the column."
Following the July 22, 2011 deadline for submissions, an anonymous
panel was to narrow the contestants to 10 finalists, with the
finalists' submissions being published in the newspaper's print
and online editions beginning August 9, 2011. "We will ask
readers to vote online or by regular mail for their favorites."
Professional columnists were not excluded from writing the
"audition" columns and, after receiving reassurance that the venture
was not solely a popularity contest (e.g., Editorial Page Editor DWIGHT LEWIS and
Editorial Writer TED RAYBURN
were ultimately in charge of the selection process), I entered the
competition only to learn on August 9, 2011 that no entrant's column
had been published that day.
When I inquired about this lapse, sans any published explanation, I was
relieved that, unlike a similarly-announced venture that invited
reader's editorial participation, this one had not been quietly
abandoned. Rather, publication of the first finalist's entry
would begin with The
August 16, 2011 edition.
Still, there was no public explanation of either the delay nor the fact
that it was not to be the work of 10 finalists that would be published,
as apparently only eight finalists were ultimately
selected. As photographs of the finalists began to run, and
no photograph had been requested of me, I realized I was not a finalist.
As the identities of all eight finalists became known, I thought it
strange that six of the eight were men!
So much for gender parity, assuming, with women being the majority, in
2011 this should even be necessary.
The voting process ended in August with one of the males emerging as
popular vote winner, with no information provided as to the purity of
the polling process.
With a publication date of September 6, 2011 for the "winner"'s first
column, attention had been diverted with the news breaking everywhere
during the previous month, EXCEPT in The
Tennessean's print edition, that Executive Editor MARK SILVERMAN was leaving the newspaper.
WILLIAMSsought to inform
viewers of the August 31, 2011 edition of NBC
NEWSthat the network would carry the September 7,
2011 Republican 2012 Presidential Candidates' Debate, Williams did
so with an uncharacteristic (and uncorrected) slip of the tongue: "We-
NBC News- is televising....."
WTVF-TVanchor RHORI JOHNSTONoffered one for an outtakes reel during
Channel 5's August 24, 2011 6 p.m. newscast. Transitioning from a
live report, regarding a fatal attempt of a pedestrian trying to cross
the street at an intersection of seven-lane Fort Campbell
Boulevard Boulevard, during which the reporter demonstrated the
danger during a 14-second run. Perhaps suggesting to viewers
that the dangerous demonstration, on the heels of a fatality, was
a grandstanding stunt, continued rather insensitively, "On a more
Insider bills itself as a "weekly magazine show that explores...
news" but it is not above blatant conflicts-of-interest and outright
deception as evidenced on the August 20, 2011 edition of the program.
feature on the PISTOL ANNIES was followed by a commercial for the
trio's debut CD, Hell on Heels. This was followed by a tease:
"Next, country music legend GLEN CAMPBELL's first interview about his struggle
thought this mean that Campbell gave the program his first
post-diagnosis (which would not be Alzheimer's Disease anyway, because
unlike dementia, Alzheimer's can only diagnosed via an autopsy), they
thought wrong. That scoop goes to Rolling Stone. as CMT Insider somewhat acknowledged
when, returning from the commercial break, it was announced that
"Rolling Stone give CMT Insider
an exclusive first look at its September 1st issue, featuring an
article on ailing country legend Glen Campbell.
magazine's subscribers had already received September 1st issue before
CMT's "exclusive first look" that proved to be neither and the content
of the article was further rather softened and misrepresented by a
reference in the article to Campbell's remembering "being insulted by FRANK SINATRA."
the reference (on Page 46 of the magazine's September 1, 2011 issue) is
to Campbell's being "starstruck" when he played on Ol' Blue Eyes' Strangers in the Night session. Campbell
recalls staring "at Sinatra so long [Sinatra] pulled the producer aside
to complain... ''Who's the fag down there looking at me?'"
PATRICK DOYLE, the article's author, does not
describe the singer as "being insulted." Rather, Doyle says
"Campbell cackles" at that memory.
There are several things to be taken
into account when addressing CHRISTINE O'DONNELL's walking out during an
appearance on the August 17, 2011 edition of CNN's PIERS MORGAN Tonight. The first is that the
program generally airs live-to-tape.
In the above-referenced instance,
the opening of the telecast previewed what was to follow as Morgan
announced that the walkout had occurred and invited viewers to watch
how it unfolded.
Recounting what he regarded as
O'Donnell's rebuff on the August 18, 2011 edition of the program,
Morgan said "What I found extraordinary was her statement today.
She gave a few reasons for why she'd done this and the main one seemed
to be that I was obsessed with talking about sex. Well, you could
see from the clip we just played, I wasn't talking about sex."
Of course, Morgan neglected on that
next-evening telecast to show the exchange with Christine O'Donnell of
the previous evening, occurring prior to the clip Morgan referenced,
during which the CNN program host very clearly tried to engage
O'Donnell in a discussion of homosexuality and masturbation.
The August 17, 2011 edition of WSMV-TV's 4:30 p.m.
newscast featured reporter JOSH
's report on SeeClickFix.
Both Devine and the newscast's anchor, ALAN
FRIOimplied, by directing
viewers to the Channel 4 Website, that somehow the station was the
source of, and could somehow take credit for, this source of consumer
convenience when, in reality, the station was engaging in
self-promotion by simply providing a link to the site where viewers
could post requests to fix potholes and the like.
Grammar-challenged HOLLY THOMPSON referred to "less and less people"
on the July 21, 2011 edition of Channel 4 News at Noon. Repeating
the error, Thompson incorrectly substituted "less" for "fewer" while
anchoring the August 8, 2011 edition WSMV-TV's Channel 4 News Today.
BERES mispronounced DAVID AKEMAN's surname during the July 19, 2011
edition of WTVF-TV's 6 p.m. newscast.
meteorologist AL ROKER erroneously referred to
the "Grand Old Opry" on the July 18, 2011 edition of the program.
WSMV-TV refused to interrupt its June
29, 2011 Wimbledon telecast to air NBC's network news coverage of a presidential news conference, though a streamer advised viewers
the morning's event, carried by Nashville's ABC
and NBC news affiliates, could be seen on MSNBC.
paused during his reporting of a story on the June 29, 2011 edition
of WSMV-TV's 6
a.m. newscast, finally
confessing to viewers that "There's no other way to say
it" as he spoke of a condominium's plan to deal
with animal waste pickup. Calling the action that
sparked the plan a moment when a pet "went #2," Devine needn't have
sweated the small stuff (no pun intended) had he realized there was another
way to describe the dog's activity: "defecating."
Entertainment Reporter STACY McCLOUD stunned KITTY WELLS fans by referring to DOLLY PARTON as "the Queen of
Country Music" on the June 28, 2011 edition of Fox 17 News.
McCloud repeated the characterization in the second part of
her two-part interview with Parton when it aired the
It was a grammatically-challenged RHIANNON
ALLY who referred to an author on the June 24, 2011 edition
of Betterby indicating "She has wrote..."
repeated the first of its three-part 2009 series titled Nashville: The
20th Century in Photography on June 17, 2011, it did not edit Writer
JUSTIN HARVEY's script. Thus, viewers once again heard
Narrator BILL TURNER's redundant reference to Nashville's erstwhile
Vine Street Temple as a "Jewish synagogue." (The same PBS
affiliate chooses to tape delay THE CHARLIE ROSE SHOW,causing time-sensitive topics to
appear as dated as "yesterday's news." New segments of the
program initially air on PBS stations beginning at 11 p.m. Eastern
Time. PBS' contract with Rose did include any requirement
that that program conflict with other Nashville's 10 p.m [Central Time]
newscasts, and as a result a Monday evening program will not air in
Music City until the next day, once at mid-morning and then
again at 6 p.m.)
appeared either sleep-deprived or grammatically-challenged
to viewers of WSMV-TV's June 14, 2011 6 a.m. newscast
when Raccuglia used the adjective "less" she should have used modified
Sources anchor HOWARD KURTZ was still grasping at
comfortable terms to use when describing the nature of the most
explicit photo of embattled Congressman ANTHONY WEINER to viewers of
Kurtz' June 12, 2011 "live" telecast. Howie finally opted for
referencing full frontal nudity as a view of the Congressman "below the
reported to viewers of WSMV-TV's June 10, 2011 noon newscast
that Prince PHILIP was
celebrating his 90th birthday. DeVine added
that the Duke of Edinburgh is famous for having made
"politically incorrect statements over the last few years."
His Royal Highness, the Prince, has
made such statements over the course of several decades- long before
both DeVine's birth and the coining of the phrase "politically correct!"
the reporting of "country singe" WILLIE NELSON's striking a "plea
deal to keep him out f jail" during WSMV-TV's June 9, 2011 newscast,
but failed to mention that the plea bargain was hardly "news" since it
had been first reported within minutes of the agreement being reached-
two days earlier!
the word "evangelist" during the June 5, 2011 edition of
Fox 17's 9 p.m. newscast.
Kurtz' response?: "OK, as I was saying, Gawker does have a
different way of talking about those things. It's not a word
that I would use on the air." (Glad you qualified that,
elapsed and then Kurtz added, before going to the program's first
commercial, "I do want to apologize for that one term that was used.
I think that 'penis' is a much more adult term, at least for
Morningline host NICK
BERES brought everything but his pom-poms when he interviewed
MOORE, interrupting the last 15 minutes of the hour-long
Phones Thursday" (June 2, 2011) weekly edition to justify receiving
media credentials. (Most controversial organizations are
represented on the program by opposing viewpoints, though Morrningline
always gives the CMA a pass.)
"I know that it's bigger and better than ever before," Beres chirped to
Moore in advance of the gathering that sent hundreds of dehydrated fans
for treatment by paramedics (some fans were even
hospitalized) in 90 degree heat where the price
of bottled water began at $2 a pop before
competition- if not human compassion- made the prices more reasonable.
want to be there."
After Moore gave his unpaid advertisement for the event, Beres said "We
have some fans who want to call in and ask questions."
Only then did Nick give out the phone number, as both he and Steve
to ignore with each slowly passing minute, as they ran out of things to
promote about the event, that now calls were coming in.
After cutting to every available commercial, Beres decided his producer
should rack up the Fan Festival film footage from past years so he
could suddenly end the program, announcing "We're going to a away a
little earlier, so you can see..."
CONNELLY interviewed FRANK SINATRA's widow BARBARA, on the May 31, 2011
edition of Good Morning America Connelly
explanation to viewers about a photograph from Barbara's
new book, enlarged to project on the TV screen,
showing Sinatra's widow with a man who was clearly not Frank,
Chris noted that prior to Frank, Barbara had been "married
to another man."
Perhaps Connelly did not know that the ex-husband photographed with the
author was, in fact, ZEPPO MARX!
BILL O'REILLY first incorrectly
referred to MIKE DOUGLAS as a "late-night talk
show host" during the May 24,, 2010 telecast of The
No correction was made during either during the "live"
broadcast nor when the erroneous segment was repeated on the May 30,
2011 edition of the program.
Among those Glor did not mention
was DANIEL SCHORR. Schorr's
23-year career at the Tiffany Network, as CBS was then known, began in
1953. Though fired from the network in an act of classic
stupidity, Glor should have mentioned Schorr who died in 2010.
27, 2011 telecast, SHERRI
SHEPHERDasked JANE SEYMOURif
the actress had indeed made
comments Seymour was "allege" to have made to CNN
ten days earlier. While Seymour used her May 27th exposure
shot to apologize for, and to attempt to backtrack from her earlier
remarks (made on-camera in response to a question from a major cable
network news operation while walking the red carpet during a "live"
telecast), mischaracterizing Seymour's words in order to suggest there
was a possibility she had not said them was, ironically, the inaccuracy
demanding viewers' attention.
JIM MORET's reporting
on the May 25, 2011
segment of Inside
Edition was misleading, exaggerated and ultimately much
ado about nothing.
Moret teased a segment that would
divulge "what MARIA SHRIVER's brother is telling
As the tabloid TV show's cameras
attempted an outdoors ambush interview, the pedestrian simply
smiled as the cameras approached and kept on walking and grinning in
response to the questions being fired at him.
Moret admitted as much, summarizing
the short segment by noting "We caught up with Maria Shriver's brother,
who stayed mum about the
May 22, 2011 edition of WSMV-TV's
FRIO introduced a segment commemorating the 50th anniversary
of the Freedom Rides by reminding viewers about the 1961 movement to
end segregation and this "group of brave African-American young men
broke that cycle."
Of course, back in 1961, none of the participants would have been
referred to as "African-American." Further, Freedom Riders
were not only male and black, they were were white, female and/or
When MARK BARABAK appeared on the May
22, 2011 edition of CNN's Reliable
host HOWARD KURTZ praised the Los Angeles
Times reporter for breaking a news story. In
response, Barabak indicated that he was not solely responsible but
rather a "group of reporters that work at the paper" contributed to the
revelation and that he wanted to make sure "they get credit as well."
At that point neither Barabak or Kurtz credited the staffers by name.
During the May 16, 2011 edition of CNN's PIERS MORGAN
asked newlywed MARIE OSMOND about
remarrying her first ex-husband (of three years), STEVE CRAIG.
Morgan cut to the chase, asking Osmond "Why did you split up then?
What was wrong then?'
Osmond replied that 29 years ago when they first married the couple was
young. The world was watching us under a microscope.
Just a lot of things went into play, but you move
on. The thing I feel fascinating about now is that he's so
sweet. He's still the
core of who I fell in love with."
Had Morgan pressed for specifics or his producers provided the
research, Piers might have charmed Marie into admitting that
she obtained her divorce on grounds of "mental cruelty" (at a
time when "irreconcilable differences" would have been
legally sufficient) amid rumors of Craig's extramarital
behavior of such concern to the LDS church that Steve was placed on
Writing in the Editor's Letter column in the May,
2011 issue of
NELSON refers to "meteorologist BILL
HALL." The former WSMV-TV
retirement was arguably hastened by the fact that, in the age of
degreed meteorologists, Hall was merely a popular TV
Was Republican political adviser MARK McKINNON in violation of
network standards when guest pundit McKinnon uttered the word
"bullshit" on the April 17, 2011 live telecast of CNN's Reliable
And was host HOWARD KURTZ not remiss in extending an apology
to his audience following McKinnon's remark?
During the April 14, 2011 edition of WTVF-TV
5 's 10 p.m.,
GRAF remarked "That little
boy, we are told, is in stable condition."
Of course, Graf's reporting lacks not only a source but, a true medical
condition. For, as reporters apparently repeatedly need to be reminded,
"stable" simply means that vital signs have been
stabilized and that the patient's condition is no better and no worse.
But no better and no worse than what?
If the extent of tan initial injury or illness has not been fully
disclosed and the prognosis (and the patient's progress in relation to
that prognosis) is unknown, then "stable" is a meaningless term
indicative of nothing more than pr spin.
There was a similar lack of transparency in Channel 5's
failure to report on this newscast, nor any other, a lawsuit SUSANNE FRENSLEY, Tennessee's 2007
"schoolteacher of the year", filed against the station on April 11,
2011 in Davidson County Circuit Court.
Page 5A of The
TENNESSEAN's April 3, 2011 edition, the following notice
to readers appeared: “In
Sunday’s Life & Travel
section, which was printed in advance, a story about the best album
the Academy of Country Music Awards
misspelled the name of author and music
historian ROBERT K. OERMANN. The
Tennessean regrets the error.”
obvious, apparently deliberate, omission in the mea culpa?
Disclosure that Oermann is the newspaper's former longtime
Referencing Prince WILLIAM's younger brother
during a segment of the March 31, 2011 edition of ABC'S Nightline,
BOB WOODRUFF indicated that
"technically his title is His Royal Highness Prince HARRY of Wales." Actually, Harry
is the nickname of Prince HENRY CHARLES ALBERT DAVID.
JENNIFER JOHNSON mispronounced
Ojai (California) during the March 28, 2011 edition of Channel 4's noon
WZTV-TV Anchor SCOTT
COUCH told viewers of the March 21, 2011 edition of
the station's 9 p.m. newscast that FERLIN HUSKY's casket was "wheeled
into (church) followed by is 10 children." Husky
was the father of 10 but two of those children predeceased
BARBARA WALTERS indicated
that ELIZABETH TAYLOR was "banished"
from the Catholic Church during the March 23, 2011 edition of
ABC's The View. In
Taylor was a practitioner of Christian Science by birth who, after
flirting with Catholicism, decided against conversion after she learned
it would require bringing up her children in the Church. Ultimately,
Taylor converted to Judaism and, like Jesus, died a Jew.
SOLOMON referenced, though not by name, two small
black boxes with black straps attached as he explained a
ritual of Jewish worship during the March 14, 2011
edition of WSMV's
6 a.m. newscast. We trust Solomon knows how to pronounce
Attempting to quote DON HEWITT's four word response as
to what makes a good Sixty Minutes feature, CHARLIE ROSE misquoted Hewitt
during the March 14, 2011 edition of The Charlie Rose Show.
"Go tell a story," was Rose's recollection of Hewitt's famous
recommendation: "Tell me a story."
WZTV-TV 's Weekend Anchor ERIKA
KURRE managed to mispronounce both the words "papacy" and
"beatification" during the March 12, 2011 edition of the station's 9
JENNIFER JOHNSON told viewers
during the station's February 23, 2011 noon newscast that "LINDSAY LOHAN will be
back in court today.” (Her case having been heard, Lohan left the
courthouse nearly an hour before the Channel 4 news report.)
publicity and promotion of PAULA JONES' appearance on the
February 23, 2011 edition of ABC's The View, viewers failed to receive any
explanation as to why Jones did not appear on the program.
a fiction novel.” So
RANDLES about an author's work on the February 3,
2011 edition of WSMV-TV's noon newscast.
Entertainment Reporter STACY
McCLOUD referred to KENT BLAZY as Kevin Blazy during
the February 3, 2011 edition of the station's 9 p.m. newscast.
have nothing further to say about KATIE COURIC's observation on the
February 2, 2011 edition of the CBS
Evening News that “The
roots of the
uprising trace back farther than that.”
the January 22, 2011
edition of WZTV-TV's
9 p.m. newscast, ERIKA
KURRE referred to R. SARGENT SHRIVER, JR. as "the
father of six." Shriver fathered five children: Robert III,
Maria, Timothy, Mark and Anthony Shriver.
On the January 17, 2011 edition of
ABC's World News, DIANE SAWYER repeated a common
mistake by referring to "Ron Regan, Jr." an erroneous
identification of she made on the same network newscast three days
earlier. BILL O'REILLY made the same error
on the January 17, 2011 edition of The
O'Reilly Factor. (RONALD PRESCOTT REAGAN, the son of
RONALD WILSON REAGAN, is
technically not a "junior.")
the January 14, 2011 edition
of Channel 4 News at Noon, WSMV-TV's
JENNIFER JOHNSON referred to the
"beautification" of Pope JOHN PAUL II. Johnson is
apparently unfamiliar with the declaration of beatification.
remarked on the January 9, 2011 edition of Reliable Sources that
News and NPR got
it wrong when they
initially reported that Representative GABRIELLE GIFFORDS had been
assassinated. Kurtz should have added, to what he implied
was a complete list of news organizations that didn't check their facts
before jumping to the same erroneous conclusion, abcnews.com.
And how was it that ethics-challenged JOE
KLEIN was chosen to appear on the same edition of the program
to comment on the ethics of news organizations' reporting?
created some interesting imagery for viewers of the
January 8, 2011 edition
p.m. newscast, referring to a couple, noting "both
are confined to a wheelchair."
Reporting on unwed
mother-to-be Actress NATALIE PORTMAN's pregnancy (a
contradiction of the Orthodox Judaism in which Portman professes to
believe) on the December 28, 2010 edition of NBC's Today,
NATALIE MORALES commented "It has
been a good year for Natalie.... Congratulations to her!" ANN CURRY chimed in "That is so
MARTIN FLETCHER December
25, 2010 NBC NIGHTLY
on QUEEN ELIZABETH referred to Her
Majesty as "The 84-year-old monarch, who, in the next few days will
become a great grandmother.”(By which
grandchild? Fletcher didn't say,
but if he had he would have said PETER
PHILLIPS, 11th in line to the
throne, who, along with his Canadian-born wife, AUTUMN, are
the expectant parents.)
interview with JOE BIDEN on the December 19, 2010
edition of NBC's
Meet the Press,
GREGORY wished the
vice-president a "Merry Christmas." In response, Biden wished
Gregory, who is Jewish, the same.
Do you wonder what mothers-in-law think of AUDRA LOWE and HEATHER CABOT
referring to "mother in laws" during the December 22, 2010 edition of Better?
Previewing the station's late night
RANDLES preferred to tease viewers of
2010 6:30 p.m. newscast (rather than inform them) when he
proclaimed "Walgreen's is hacked. Some of your information
may be at risk. Details at 10."
During a report on the November 8,
2010 edition of WSMV-TV's
6 p.m. newscast JEREMY
FINLEY posed the question
"Do You think the government is taking this
serious enough?" Seriously!
BILL O'REILLY walking off ABC's The View
during the October 25, 2010 edition of the program, NPR's
firing of JUAN WILLIAMS and MEL GIBSON's legal
problems, all the while maintaining that she
remains neutral on such news items because (even though
she's cut her schedule back to only one [entertainment] special a
year), she is a member of ABC News' division. Walters further
sought to distance herself from participation in the panel-style show
discussion by indicating that The View is less her
show than that of her co-hosts because her appearances on the program
Of course, as co-producer of The View, Walters exercises her
authority re: what "hot topics" are discussed on the program.
And, when she indicates that she wouldn' t have Gibson on the
program if her cohosts were against being on the set with him, she
should have explained why. Walters has previously done solo
interview spots on The View.
referenced alleged cellphone photos of BRETT FAVRE’s "male organ" during
the October 17, 2010 telecast of Reliable Sources.
Since when did penis become a dirty word?
In his report during the October 16, 2010 edition of Channel 5 News at
6 p.m., JEFF
TANG referred to a shooting
victim being in n "stable condition."
As reporters apparently repeatedly need to be reminded, "Stable" simply
means that the vital signs have been
stabilized and that the patient's condition is no better
and no worse. But no better or no worse than what?
If the extent of an initial injury or illness has
not been fully disclosed and the prognosis (and the patient's progress
in relation to that prognosis) is unknown, then '"stable" is a
meaningless term indicative of nothing more than pr spin.
Fox 17 News proudly proclaimed, during the station's October 16, 2010
edition of its 9 p.;m. newscast, its "breaking news" on a
Clarksville, Tennessee murder and related Hopkinsville, Kentucky
kidnapping and suicide as being "First on Fox. In reality, WKDZ Radio got the story first;
its report posted earlier that same afternoon (at 4:51 p.m.).
Kudos to Nashville's WTVF-TV
5 for explaining, on the October 15,
2010 edition of its 4 p.m. newscast, the legalese language of
a proposed hunting and fishing amendment to the state of
When RICK SPRINGFIELD appeared on the
October 13, 2010 edition of The
View, Springfield stated that MEL GIBSON was born in New Jersey.
The statement was never corrected. Gibson was born
in Peekskill, New York.
JOY BEHAR has long maintained that
she is ten years younger than is generally reported. Based on
program preview information Comcast
provided to its subscribers prior to the October 7, 2010 telecast of The View, Behar’s
turned 68 on that day. Joy's cohosts presented the
comedienne with a cake during the show. Does the fact that
the cake was decorated with only five candles (a candle for each decade
of life?), does this mean Joy is really 58? birthday (Comcast
info) celebrated on The View October 7, 2010 but cake only had 5
she’s really 58?
October 7, 2010 edition of WSMV-TV's Channel 4 News at 5 p.m. featured DENNIS
FERRIER's report on Southern Baptist Seminary
President ALBERT MOHLER's insistence that the practice
of yoga is anti-Christian and reaction from a spokesperson
for Nashville's YMCA exercise program. (The "Y"'s exercise
program includes yoga class). "In case you didn't know,"
Ferrier told the TV news audience, "the "Y'
is a Christian-based
With YMCA being an
acronym for Young Men's Christian Association, why would a viewer
Shamlian began her coverage by referring to the Opry as the "Cathedral
of Country Music;" a curious reference given the historically
anti-Catholic, largely Protestant-centric "Mother Church of Country
Music." Shamlian then sought reaction from BRAD PAISLEY whom she referred to
as Nashville's "hometown boy." (Paisley was born and reared
in West Virginia.)
Inside Edition Weekend
50th anniversary of the 1960 presidential campaign during a segment of
its September 24th telecast. Co-anchor PAUL BOYDremarked that
"Most people believe JFK won the first... debate."
Since Boyd wasn' t even born in 1960,
Paul can't be expressing his own (apparently unsourced) opinion.
So what does Paul know that historians don't?
In reality, DON HEWITT echoed the view of the
majority of those who heard the debate "live" on radio.
Hewitt believed that RICHARD NIXON won the debate.
(The relatively few who disagreed viewed the debate
on television-where style trumped substance- or, like WILLIAM
H. LAWRENCE who covered the debate for the Chicago
Sun-Times, thought the mental gymnastics ended in a draw.)
17 News, while failing to credit the Nashville
Scene in its reporting of a pending
investigation of ASA ANDREW, announced September
24, 2010 that it will no longer
feature Andrew as a guest on its morning show.
WILLIAMS announced on the September 30, 2010
edition of NBC NIGHTLY
injured Chicago Cubs outfielder TYLER COLVIN was hospitalized, Williams
advised that Colvin was in "stable condition."
"Stable" simply means that the vital signs have been
stabilized and that the patient's condition is no better
and no worse. But no better or no worse than what?
If the extent of an initial injury or illness has
not been fully disclosed and the prognosis (and the patient's progress
in relation to that prognosis) is unknown, then '"stable" is a
meaningless term indicative of nothing more than pr spin.
Writing in the
19, 2010 edition of The Tennessean,
Cooper, referred to KRIS KRISTOFFERSON's composition
and recording of Why Me?
as "Why Me, Lord?" The error in the print edition
could have been avoided if my correction to the blog edition- four days earlier-
had been noted.
by the way, is an article posted on line five days
before it makes the newspaper which claims credit?
Sources host HOWARD KURTZ
expressed his love for newspaper columnists and pundits during the
September 19, 2010 edition of the program by indicating "I
love to read people I disagree with as long as they’re not utterly
predictable and [making] the same talking points every time"
While predictability and repetition can be boring, it seems to me that
a someone who disagrees with me by regularly resorting to
predictability and repetition edifies me with respect to bolstering my
convictions with what are apparently her/his biggest weapons in his/her
The "In Memoriam"
segment of the September
19, 2010 edition ofThis
Week failed to include one of the notable celebrity passing
of the week: that of JAMES BACON a day earlier.
(If the segment is prerecorded, it should not be!)
Sources host HOWARD KURTZ
devoted a significant portion of his September 12, 2010
telecast to a panel discussion of PIERS MORGAN's suitability (or
lack thereof) as LARRY KING's heir apparent.
Kurtz and cohorts cited Morgan's checkered past,
implying that Piers would have big shoes to fill because of
The truth is that King was arrested on a grand larceny charge in Miami
in December, 1971.after getting in over his head with accumulated
gambling losses 1971 in Miami, Florida and charged with grand
larceny. King, The judge threw out the charge because the
statute of limitations had run out. Larry pled no contest to
one count of passing a bad check.
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