Helping To Put Things In Context: Something You Should Know About D.C.

Everyone knows Washington, D.C. for being the nation's capital where decisions are made that affect the country itself and impacts the world at large. But between the time that politicians and special interest groups like to use the city as the reason for all that ails America, it has a more intimate side. This is the side that one could think of as the "local" aspect of the city. I think if people understood what really exists within the boundaries of this diamond shaped (minus a complete side) metropolis, their perspectives may be altered considerably. As AWashingtonWoman will continue to focus on some of the wonderful women who make up the fabric of the DMV (a term used for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and includes: the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia), we will also strive to give you a little of the backstory, as objectively as we can. So it's been a year since this all began and without really trying, this blog has exceeded what our expectations were. So we are thinking that with a little love and a lot of integrity, we can share some real true insight which can be entertaining as well as informative. Who knows?.... Maybe it will even be ..... helpful.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Correctness In Media

What's going on with my media friends? I know the summer is upon us but we are getting just a little too sloppy... I just looked at the morning news on NBC4 here in D.C. where there was a story estimating the cost of the Spain trip by the first laday and they showed a clip of a talking head named Lynn Sweet, only it wasn't Lynn Sweet. Over the weekend there is a story in the Style section that reported an premiere event that was held at the venue, "The EMF Lounge" but I was there (unfortunately) and the actual name is "The ENF Lounge". There has been a gruesome story locally about a brutal murder and it was reported to have happened in Lanham, MD; New Carrollton, MD; and now today Riverdale, MD. I lived many years not far from there and they are three different areas.Then last week Faux, I mean Fox --I get to have a free pass if everyone else gets to slip up-- mixed up a story on Congresswoman Maxine Waters with a photo of Shirley Sherrod....

Folks if we are going to hold all these people to a higher standard of correctness, is it legitimate to allow ourselves such excessive liberties with mistakes?

Is it just that it's the summer? Or maybe all the reliance on younger reporters with less experience and technology replacing the veterans....maybe this is not a great idea.

(By the way in case you were wondering I am not a disgruntled veteran reporter.. I was just with the shirts selling advertising -- I know -- way more noble --smiles)

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