Newspapers, especially online newspapers, have it tough these days. Over the past few years I’ve witnessed many online news sources degrade in quality of the news, writing skills, and alleged neutrality of articles. But like @mkdubai pointed out in his post here more often than not we fall into the traps of Journalism 101.
Today’s headlines explored the Bikini Incident. The summary of it is that a British woman had an argument with an Arab woman over revealing clothing (revealing is, of course, subjective) in a mall, and that the British woman, stupidly of her, stripped down to bikini and walked around.
Emirates 24/7 did a brief summary of the event yet labeled the Arab as an Arabic woman. There’s a difference between an Arab woman and an Arabic woman though it’s often easy to blur the line between the two. Of course the bikini shot there is nothing short of distracting. The photo is “supplied”. I hope the supplier has an RSS feed.
My colleague @The_Big_Kahoona wrote a three paragraph reply to the Emirates 24/7 article, pointing out the grammatical fallacies. Post-moderation processing, his comment appeared as this:
You can think of many ways to misinterpret the comment.
Later on I was pointed to an article by @_BiGsAm_ and @Catboy_Dubai to an article by Mail Online, part of The Daily Mail. I haven’t paid attention to the content of the article much as the point of debate here was the image. The incident took place in Dubai Mall, but the image supplied is that of City Center.
I did some research on how this error could have come about, so I carried out a simple search for “dubai mall” on Google Images, and lo and behold, the image is there, alongside one of Mercato Mall at the end. So the chaps at Mail Online wrote an article I didn’t bother to read and just put the first random image off of Google, which by sheer unluck happened to be of a different mall.
How COULD Google get this wrong!
Here are pictures of me on Google if you wish to write an article about me:
As you can see I am a variety of things, including a 468×60 ad space. On page 4 I shape-shift into Sam Worthington and a leather wallet.
Point I am trying to make: GET YOUR SOURCES RIGHT, and when you do, DON’T BUTCHER COMMENTS INTO SOMETHING ELSE. I haven’t been reading newspapers for long but I can place a safe bet that it was better when they were in black and white.