Sunday, September 30, 2007

Journalism in Action

Is getting the name of the country you're covering right too much to ask for the J-School glitterati polluting the mainstream media? Apparently, yes.

Yahoo is running an AP story on Kyrgyzstan that manages to flub the Central Asian country's name—twice.

First, in the headline, where Kyrgyzstan is rendered "Kyrgzstan". That could be Yahoo's fault.

But not the second mistake. In the second-to-last paragraph of the story, they screw it up in new and wonderful ways, this time calling the country "Kygyzstan".

Gosh, it's not that hard. Ever wonder if these people should, you know, even have the jobs their well-connected parents helped them get?
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