Joe Paterno Is Not Dead

Here we go again… Another news organization has reported the demise of a public figure while he was still alive.  Poynter took a look at how this happened.  Folks, the media can’t afford to keep getting this wrong.  The race to be first is often to blame.  But it’s not worth the consequences when journalists don’t bother to confirm a rumor and later find out they made a mistake.  Let’s face it.  In the long run, almost no one will remember if you had it first.  But they’ll darned sure remember if you got it wrong.

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