Tuesday, April 2, 2013

New York Times Caves To Twitter Pressure

New York Times Caves To Twitter Pressure:
Writing at PandoDaily, disinformation author Paul Carr castigates out the New York Times for changing its biography of Yvonne Brill after the Twitterverse ganged up on the Gray Lady:
Another victory for the (fictional) Internet Community! Today the New York Times was forced to edit Douglas Martin’s obituary of rocket scientist Yvonne Brill (pictured left, played by Alastair Sim) after twitterers and bloggers took offense at the lede:
“She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job and took eight years off from work to raise three children. “The world’s best mom,” her son Matthew said.”
The outrage was pretty well summed up in a post on i09, titled “The New York Times fails miserably in its obituary for rocket scientist Yvonne Brill”…
“The blowback has been considerable. Since its publication yesterday, the obituary has attracted a firestorm of remonstration on Twitter. A small sampling of tweets captures the air of incredulity:”
Blowback! A firestorm of remonstration! The air of incredulity! It sure was a dark and stormy night for the New York Times. And how about those Tweets?…
[continues at at PandoDaily]