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March 22, 2007

The trouble with scoops

Stephen Baker

Ben Smith appeared to have a scoop on the John Edwards campaign on his blog. His post that Edwards would suspend his campaign drew hundreds of comments, and a lot of resistance from Edwards staffers who said it wasn't necessarily true. Now he has a story that Edwards is staying in the race. But when I click to read the rest of the story, I'm sent to the blog with the old, wrong story. (Now I click, at 12:42, and they have a correction over the blog post, and an update saying that his original source was wrong.)

12:44 PM


Don't know if anyone has ever studied the percentage of "scoops" that were right and wrong. Anyone with a scoop takes the chance of being wrong. But, hey, lots of people built careers on scoops that turned out to be right.

Posted by: B.L. Ochman at March 22, 2007 01:39 PM

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