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Saturday, 26 July 2003

Self-Flagellation, or, Those In Glass Houses...

Those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones - an apology to Shawn Yaeger.

I like to think that I actually try and do some research before publishing on this site. It's important to me that the people reading know when an opinion is an opinion (and no more), that when people see what's presented as fact know that it's been at least checked, and that I'm generally able to back up what I've said.

Well, it's been pointed out--and accurately, mind--that I didn't do so in a recent post in which I lambasted those who didn't fact check, and I quite rightly look like a complete fool. It's all the more worse when I find out I might've been used an example--I've had my high points (I like to think my Columbia coverage was pretty useful [1, 2, 3, 4]).

I'm going to be trying harder than ever to make sure that doesn't happen again. To be honest, it's not something that I believe happens often (at least, I like to think so) - when I'm posting something that's not a list of links and is attempting to impart substance, I generally take time over it: I write the entry offline, I spell check, I look for sources and information to back up any assertions I make.

In this instance, though, I simply took comments that other people had made, did cursory checks and reprinted as more or less gospel truth (never mind the fact that I may or may not have been shouting the party line down from the mountains in the first place).

This, clearly, won't do at all.

Unless, of course, I plan on having this site known as one that Jayson Blair would happily frequent.

So: I got caught, and a good job, too. I updated--not edited--the post in question and added another after the fact; there's something inside me that isn't particularly impressed with whitewashing and hiding mistakes as opposed to drawing attention to them.

This is weblog ethics, and I have learned my lesson.

35 comments and trackbacks

This is why I only write things I've obviously made up ;)

Posted by: cdr on July 26, 2003 11:18 PM

Thanks, Dan.

Posted by: Shawn Yeager on July 27, 2003 03:22 AM

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