The "Miracle At Sago" That Wasn't

Editor & Publisher is doing post mortems on the print media meltdown in the wake of the tragedy at the Sago mine in West Virginia. They call it “one of the most disturbing media performances of its kind in recent years.” Some editors attempt to explain themselves in another E&P piece.

Wizbang, along with tons of other blogs, using information from the cable news networks and AP got the story wrong as well. Without “boots on the ground” we’re in no position to do source verification on a story like this. At Wizbang we don’t kill stories once published, but we did add updates and the change in the story was noted in the comment section while we slept. Bloggers examining the media failure from all angles; Rodger Morrow provides a pretty good thesis on the genesis of the Miracle story, West Virginian John Cole fills in additional details from the overnight hours, while Michelle Malkin thinks that the International Coal Group has a lot to answer for.

For the record, here’s a partial scoreboard of who got it right and who got it wrong in print (via Fark, with corrections). Some links lead to PDF’s, and most will go stale tomorrow. Since Newseum doesn’t archive front pages (except for certain occasions) I’ll be adding screen grabs of the major papers to a new collection at the Wizbang Photo Gallery, in case the newspapers try to revise history. If you’d like to contribute, e-mail me a JPEG of the front page of any listed site, cropped to show (at a minimum) the top fold of the front page.

Wrong Headlines:

USA Today
New York Times Front Page
Washington Post Front Page
LA Times Front Page
Chicago Tribune Front Page
Boston Globe Front Page
Dallas Morning News Front Page
San Francisco Chronicle Front Page
Atlanta Journal Constitution Front Page
Baltimore Sun Front Page
Twin Cities Pioneer Press Front Page
Arizona Republic Front Page
San Antonio Express Front Page
Houston Chronicle Front Page
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Front Page
Miami Herald Front Page
Nashville Tennessean Front Page
Cincinnati Enquirer Front Page
Indy Star Front Page
FW Star Telegram Front Page
Toledo Blade Front Page
Charleston Gazette Front Page
Dominion Post Front Page
San Jose Mercury Front Page

Right Headlines:

Seattle Post-Intelligencer Front Page
Seattle Times Front Page
Detroit Free Press Front Page
Denver Post Front Page
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Front Page
Honolulu Advertiser Front Page
Anchorage Daily News Front Page

Corrected Print Editions:

New York Post Front Page
New York Daily News Front Page
San Jose Mercury Front Page

Additional Front Pages


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