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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

AP Has It Wrong On Which Bridge Went Down


The entire span of a four-lane interstate bridge over the Mississippi River collapsed during evening rush hour Wednesday, sending vehicles, tons of concrete and twisted metal crashing into the water.

The Interstate 35W bridge, which spans between Minneapolis and St. Paul, was under construction when it broke into several huge sections. Dozens of vehicles were scattered and stacked on top of each other amid the rumble.

This bridge doesn't span between Minneapolis and St Paul. It's on an arteriole to the northern suburbs. CNN made the same mistake.


yoshi said...

And I am going to say "so what?".

The problem with "near-realtime" reporting from news organizations is that they are going to get facts wrong. They got the bridge wrong - look at a map and count the number of bridges we have in the metro area. This is an easy mistake to make if you are reporting information and not familiar with the area. Both news services corrected the information within a reasonable timeframe. This happens during every catastrophe with the most blatant examples of this from 9/11 - which "truethers" use to this day to "prove" that 9/11 was an inside job.

lloydletta said...

It was interesting that Jim Oberstar made the same mistake in his press conference today.