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H. Humbert
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Posted - 02/11/2009 :  14:14:57  Show Profile Send H. Humbert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Perhaps, like me, you have heard the recent news reports that a 56-year-old woman swam across the Atlantic Ocean?

Turns out she didn't:
There were problems with the story from the start. A few of the less-important ones included the fact that Cape Verde is at least 2,400 miles, not 2,100, from Trinidad. And the African islands are about 500 miles off the western coast of the continent, meaning Figge had a huge head start on her trip across the Atlantic. (It'd be like somebody saying they ran across America after starting in Cincinnati.)

Those are trivial though. The real issue stemmed from the fact that swimming 2,100 miles in 25 days is impossible. (Some newspapers picked up on this.) It's infinitely more impossible when somebody only spends 21 minutes swimming during one of those 25 days. Michael Phelps swimming his fastest would take about 20 days to cover that distance. And that's his fastest pace, sustained for three weeks, without ever stopping. Impossible.

Yet, somehow, the AP ran the story even though a few seconds of thought and a pocket calculator was enough to disprove it.

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filthy
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Posted - 02/11/2009 :  17:23:55   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Skilled journalists working for the national, mainstream media have, like the Califoria condor, the epotted owl and honest Republicans, become so few in number that they can be considered an endangered species. They do little research and evidently, rarely employ fact-checkers. As long as they can get their copy past some equally sloppy editors, they and their all but brain-spavined readers/vewiers are happy.

That point has been made yet again....




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Edited by - filthy on 02/11/2009 17:27:40
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Dude
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Posted - 02/12/2009 :  12:48:15   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Dude a Private Message  Reply with Quote
All I ever see these days is bad journalism. So I am not shocked.


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