Check out these spelling mistakes made by Fox News during the breaking news story of Osama Bin Laden’s death… No, I am not talking about “Usama” – that is how it is spelled phonetically. I’m more talking about words like “Landen” and “Confrims.”
This screen shot of Fox News right after Osama Bin Laden’s death was confirmed displays the importance of checking and re-checking stories you are posting on the web.
In my interview with Ariel Wesler he explains that there is a fine line between the importance of being first and the importance of being right. In the news industry it is very important to break the story first – however it is also important that you have the correct details and information. Some would argue that you can always go and update a story and correct facts as the story develops, however it is never okay to have spelling errors.
In my opinion, the spelling mistakes that Fox News made on their initial Breaking News headline are not justifiable. Spelling and grammar are immensely important and if you don’t make sure they are correct you diminish your accountability.
I was glad to go on to the Fox News website a few minutes later and see that they had correcting the spelling mistakes.
Just to clarify – this is not an attack on Fox News. It is just an example of a mistake that every single news organization makes at one point or another. It is unfortunate that it happened to Fox right in the middle of one of the most important breaking news stories of the past 10 years.