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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Daily Star: "U.S. Backs Mallat on Presidency"

You mean the government of the most powerful country on earth is supporting Chibli Mallat (a fine chap BTW) for the Lebanese presidency?

Not really. If you read the full article by Rym Ghazal, somewhere in the middle you are finally told:

[Mallat] received Thursday full endorsement of his candidacy by the U.S. Support Committee, called "The Mallat for President U.S. Support Committee".


I'm impressed. Mallat is supported by his own committee. However, that is not a Bush Administration endorsement, as implied by the DS' headline. Call it a lie, a white lie, sloppy editing, a mistake, sensationalism. It is still bad and shows, yet again, that Lebanese papers (and their web sites) are in bad need of editors. Even a college junior could improve the quality of these publications, their accuracy, and their English.

Of course Naharnet does this stuff on a daily basis. See Kais' blog for a far more irresponsible violation of writing, and content, standards.

When they get simple things wrong, let alone in instances of bad faith, how can we rely on the press to report on things as complicated as the Mehlis investigation, corruption at EDL, or a new election law?

8 Comments:

  • At 12/3/05, 11:23 PM, Blogger carine said…

    well i guess the comments problem fixed itself :)

    anyways--

    i laughed when i read your post, josey, because throughout college i actually did email the DS from time to time to alert them to particularly egregious typos, errors, etc. they never responded, nor did they ever fix anything. ah well.

    if they want to be the region's leading english-language newspaper, they really need to make sure they are demonstrating a decent command of the english language. there's obviously room for improvement in terms of professionalism, journalistic integrity, etc. as well, but let's start with the basics, right?

     
  • At 12/4/05, 8:36 AM, Blogger JoseyWales said…

    Thx Carine, glad to see you were able to post a comment.

     
  • At 12/4/05, 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

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  • At 12/4/05, 2:02 PM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said…

    Hum, I am against giving Baabda to Mallat, and it has nothing to do with the Sabra and Shatila case. He's just, too lefty. Nassib Lahoud would be a better candidate.

     
  • At 12/4/05, 8:52 PM, Blogger JoseyWales said…

    I agree Vox, Mallat's too lefty for me, but clean and could be a decent arbiter. Not necessarily my candidate, but that was not the point of my post.

    Pre-Vox anon and others: Jibberish and comments longer than Tolstoy's "War and Peace" will be deleted.

     
  • At 12/4/05, 8:53 PM, Blogger JoseyWales said…

    Especially Jibberish that has appeared word-for-word on other blogs.

     
  • At 12/5/05, 12:49 AM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said…

    Yes, he's a decent man but so is Aoun. Decent is not enough, it's only a pre-requisite.

     
  • At 12/5/05, 6:01 AM, Anonymous Concerned Lebanese said…

    Mallat and Aoun asr both decent but i hae to say that Faris Souid would be my candidate.

     

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