Anatomy of a Mistake

Friday, February 15, 2013


An article published by the Washington Post reported that the government wants to create public super WiFi networks that could potentially replace the ISPs most people use now. The piece was linked and posted all over the internet, but there was one tiny problem: it was wrong. Bob talks to Ars Technica writer Jon Brodkin about the inaccuracies in the reporting and what the FCC’s proposal might actually mean.  


Jon Brodkin

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Bob Garfield

Comments [4]


There was no dig at Fox News, "joe bagadnuts." Perhaps you misheard, although there really wasn't anything in the segment that was even close to referencing Fox.

Feb. 18 2013 07:02 PM
joe bagadonuts

I like the little dig on fox news. Is this professional journalism or a elementary school yard?

Feb. 17 2013 12:50 PM
Joe Clifford from Penfield, NY

Oh "On The Media"!
If only -- the American public were as discerning and demanding of accuracy as you and Ira Glass suppose. Mr. Glass imagines that his contract with his audience will be irretrievably broken if his program is caught in even one inaccuracy.
Silly boy. If the internet, blogs, and Fox News have taught us anything it's that consumers of information all over the world can, time after time, be fed preposterous fabrications, have those fabrications thoroughly debunked, while all the while remaining steadfast in their belief in the veracity of those fabrications.
Having said that - keep fighting the good fight.

Feb. 17 2013 11:05 AM

Ironic that you would have the story about the confusion surrounding the WP WIFI story and the WP Truthteller's project. Maybe WP should perfect Truthtellers on their own copy first.

Feb. 16 2013 11:51 AM

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