Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Exact quotes

MLB Commisioner Bud Selig on Jason Giambi.

KFPL:
"He was forthright with Senator Mitchell -- at least that was Senator Mitchell's conclusion."
vs.
STATS, Inc.:
"He was, I thought, very frank and candid with Sen. Mitchell, at least that was the senator's conclusion."
Funny how both reporters heard the same thing and quoted something that is essentially the same quote, but clearly different. If you're going to quote someone, I think it important to get it exactly right. Even if the spirit of the quote is right, if it's not precise, you know how those things can come back and cause problems.

"You just can't slap quotations marks around something and call it an exact quote," Chris said from his chair. "It's sloppy journalism."

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