What's wrong with this Tweet by the Republic's Dustin Gardiner and retweet by the Republic's Kathy Tulumello? Hint: I've circled the critical error.
If you are familiar with the story, you will know that KJZZ botched the headline. To their credit, after I contacted them, they fixed it.
EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this story's headline incorrectly stated that the candidate was found falsifying nomination signatures. The headline has been corrected to state that the candidate was found to have submitted forged signatures.
Great. The folks at KJZZ made an error and corrected it. That's Journalism.
But what about Dustin Gardiner? Why didn't HE call them to correct it? Why did he simply Tweet a link to an article that was so obviously wrong? And what about Kathy Tulumello? Had she read the original article? I recognize that retweets are not endorsements, but re-tweeting a story that is so obviously wrong is a bit irresponsible.
Ok. Gardiner and Tulumello made a mistake by Tweeting and Retweeting an article that contained a false and defamatory statement about Mark Syms. I would argue that Gardiner showed reckless disregard.
So now what? How about they issue a correction as well?
Because, you know, "Journalism."
Or maybe they should ignore it until Mark Syms serves them.
Because, you know, "Law"