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(Bloomberg View)   Writer for The Standard calls to check on last week's iPhones on Capitol Hill story, discovers he's only the second person to try to confirm the article (and that it's false)   (thestandard.com) divider line
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18276 clicks; posted to Main » and Fandom » on 27 Oct 2008 at 4:53 PM (13 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2008-10-27 4:55:09 PM  
Can we get long-sleeved t-shirts?
 
2008-10-27 4:57:22 PM  
I come here to escape the "can not connect to database" errors... Yet they follow me everywhere. (link farked at 1 comment).
 
2008-10-27 4:57:44 PM  
link farked?

Zero clicks?

BAD SUBBY -1 no donut
 
2008-10-27 4:58:51 PM  
Farked like subby's mom in the back alley
 
2008-10-27 4:59:45 PM  
If I get it on a T-shirt without checking the source do I still look foolish?
 
2008-10-27 5:00:18 PM  
If you can't trust blogs who can you trust?
 
2008-10-27 5:00:44 PM  
Drupal = Drew's Pal?

Then I should be able to connect.

/head aspodes
 
2008-10-27 5:00:59 PM  
Awesome, the article quotes Drew and mentions Fark.
 
2008-10-27 5:01:14 PM  
I had no problem checking the link. My internet is better than yours!
 
2008-10-27 5:01:19 PM  
Drew gets a mention - nice.
Drew manages to say fark in his mention - awesome.
 
2008-10-27 5:01:26 PM  
Worked fine for me.

Bonus: Fark mentioned, Drew offered comment.

For those keeping score.
 
2008-10-27 5:01:32 PM  

heypete: Awesome, the article quotes Drew and mentions Fark.


Yeah, I saw that too.
 
2008-10-27 5:01:53 PM  
You know, I've submitted some pretty good stories with some succinct, witty headlines today. I guess Fark's going in a different direction.
 
2008-10-27 5:02:04 PM  
I don't get it.
 
2008-10-27 5:02:09 PM  
I clicked reload and it worked.

Who would want to use an iPhone anyway? It's hard to type on and it's mac... talk about backing yourself into a corner of noncompatability.
 
2008-10-27 5:02:34 PM  
So, since the link is farked, I must ask - what the hell is this "iPhones on Capitol Hill story"?
 
2008-10-27 5:02:56 PM  
Reload the page a few times. Eventually, it works.
 
2008-10-27 5:03:36 PM  
I have a government-sponsored iPhone so I'm really getting a kick...

Yep, work as a DOE contractor in Telecommunications, so you bet your ass I need an iPhone!

Big controversy right now in federal agencies about phone stipends/personal use. Looks like the end result in my organization will be a fixed stipend that allows you to get whatever phone you want, you pay the difference. It goes back to tax law, believe it or not, and personal calls are somehow considered taxable income. However we will still have to itemized personal calls...
 
2008-10-27 5:03:44 PM  
Since it seems I was the last one to read the article before thier server hamsters were worked to death I will sum up:

Blogger: ZOMG IPHONES IN CONGRESS!
News Media: People are saying iPhones are a must for congress (zomg).
Competent Reporter: Yeah that's a not true, I checked.
 
2008-10-27 5:06:10 PM  

InternationalShoe: I had no problem checking the link. My internet is better than yours!



members.shaw.ca
 
2008-10-27 5:07:08 PM  

rodeofrog: You know, I've submitted some pretty good stories with some succinct, witty headlines today. I guess Fark's going in a different direction.


Considering the ocean of redlit, craptastic headlines behind the curtain, we'll have to take your word for it.
 
2008-10-27 5:09:51 PM  

Bob_Laublaw: we'll have to take your word for it.


Thanks man. My month in TF land was terrifying, but I was still confused about what made the cut.
 
2008-10-27 5:09:57 PM  
The what story? Whew, now I can sleep at night. Insta-green? Oh, I forgot I care about this.
 
2008-10-27 5:10:11 PM  
calbert

...One phone call would have set the record straight -- but no one made it, and thus the story perpetuates. It leads me to wonder what other stories are completely wrong but accepted as fact. ....

Pretty much all of them.
 
2008-10-27 5:14:57 PM  
Link was farked earlier, working now.

Bonus: facepalm pic.
 
2008-10-27 5:24:33 PM  
Not to interfere with the guy's well-formed and technically correct rant, but this story isn't exactly WMD in Iraq. Maybe "Congress is considering adding the iphone to the list of approved devices" is kind of a low-interest, low-risk story that even if it's totally wrong (it wasn't; just partly wrong) no one gives a crap.
 
2008-10-27 5:26:01 PM  
Lane! I need you on that iphone story before we get scooped by The Bugle!
 
2008-10-27 5:26:34 PM  

Yakk: Since it seems I was the last one to read the article before thier server hamsters were worked to death I will sum up:

Blogger: ZOMG IPHONES IN CONGRESS!
News MediaBloggers: People are saying iPhones are a must for congress (zomg).
Competent Reporter: Yeah that's a not true, I checked.


FTFY
 
2008-10-27 5:30:36 PM  
Why is any of this news in the first place?

We have a $3.1 trillion budget for 2009 - I would recommend first concentrating on unnecessary wars and massive government bailouts - or at least on things "aircraft carrier" level and above...
 
2008-10-27 5:45:16 PM  

SonOfSpam: calbert

...One phone call would have set the record straight -- but no one made it, and thus the story perpetuates. It leads me to wonder what other stories are completely wrong but accepted as fact. ....

Pretty much all of them.



Yup. Listen to a press conference on C-Span some time. Then go ahead and check the coverage of it on CNN or any other major news organization... It shocks me how badly they pretty much all end up missing the most important parts.
 
2008-10-27 5:53:07 PM  

Manfred J. Hattan: Not to interfere with the guy's well-formed and technically correct rant, but this story isn't exactly WMD in Iraq. Maybe "Congress is considering adding the iphone to the list of approved devices" is kind of a low-interest, low-risk story that even if it's totally wrong (it wasn't; just partly wrong) no one gives a crap.


Practice makes perfect, and if you don't excersize the same quality control procedures on the low-interest/specialty stories who's to say it will happen on the high-interest/general public stories?

Which is kind of the whole point of this article and the quip about Drew/Fark in it.
 
2008-10-27 6:10:14 PM  

bhcompy: Practice makes perfect, and if you don't excersize the same quality control procedures on the low-interest/specialty stories who's to say it will happen on the high-interest/general public stories?


Oh, I understand and agree with that. But this guy is going out of his way to make it a bigger story than it is. "Congress staffers demand" as opposed to "Congress staffers inquire" is an important distinction when they're talking about subpoenaing the White House; it's not when they're weighing in on butter v. margarine in the cafeteria. I'd put up another example I noticed but the site is wonky again and someone deleted the portions of the story reproduced in this thread.
 
2008-10-27 6:16:05 PM  
vodka: heypete: Awesome, the article quotes Drew and mentions Fark.

Yeah, I saw that too.


Hey, we must have read the same article, becuase I saw it too!

The power of the intarweb.
 
2008-10-27 7:06:27 PM  

InternationalShoe: My internet is better than yours!


You may consider that line stolen so hard it's not even funny.
 
2008-10-27 7:53:02 PM  

rodeofrog: Bob_Laublaw: we'll have to take your word for it.

Thanks man. My month in TF land was terrifying, but I was still confused about what made the cut.


He's not congratulating you. Every damn thread has one douche complaining about how this headline sucks and that his are much better.
 
2008-10-27 8:04:43 PM  
Oh come on. Journalistic integrity is SOOOO last century.
 
2008-10-27 8:21:37 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: I clicked reload and it worked.
Who would want to use an iPhone anyway?



Well, these days Washington is full of America-Hating Liberal Elitists who spend too much money, so why wouldn't they want iPhones?
 
2008-10-27 8:30:56 PM  

heypete: Awesome, the article quotes Drew and mentions Fark.


Is it a sponsored link then? Considering this was greenlit to help the guy sell books.

/ducks
 
2008-10-27 8:38:15 PM  

Lundah: Link was farked earlier, working now.

Bonus: facepalm pic.


Super-quad-damage bonus -- that facepalm is me! (Here it is on Flickr -- it's also in Wikimedia commons).

So the article quotes Drew, mentions Fark, and uses a creative commons photo from a Farker. That must be worth... well, nothing.
 
2008-10-27 8:46:20 PM  
This headline sucks. Mine was so much better
 
2008-10-27 10:44:37 PM  

TaGirl_Keri: This headline sucks. Mine was so much better


I've consulted some sources in the know, and the consensus disagrees with your statement.
 
2008-10-27 11:00:57 PM  
The Industry Standard is down for maintenance. Please check back shortly

I've been checking most of the day. Reminds me of how many Microsoft Engineers does it take to change a light bulb.

None, Darkness is the new standard.
 
2008-10-28 12:18:07 AM  
Farked like the family pig. I guess their P-II server running Vista can't handle a few extra visitors. Should have installed that extra 128 megs of ram.
 
2008-10-28 1:03:52 AM  
While browsing Fark, I find an article that mentions Fark and has Drew saying the word. Oh, and it's an article about Fark news, wherein the author admits to having farked news in the past. How is this not a win for the day? If nothing else, it's a great opportunity to overuse the word...

cheers.
 
2008-10-28 9:46:59 AM  
So wait, a newspaper (The Hill) prints a fact-challenged article, and the writer concludes that newspapers are therefore better than blogs?

/boggle
 
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