August 14, 2007

Oops! Why copy editor are important

Below is a short piece from China Digital Times.

What is significant here is that by not paying attention to what they stole from another news service, China Daily changed 18 years of Chinese government policy about the Tiananmen
Square massacre.

My guess is that some editors at China Daily are about to "transferred" to jobs making Mattel toys in some state-run facility. Could be worse. The editors could end up "donating" their organs for transplants.



China Daily Messed Up Copy-and-Paste Job

Posted by Xiao Qiang
2007-08-13, 07:17 PM

This is not the first time China Daily online editors copy-and-paste other's article. But this one is certainly more noticeable than others.

From EastSouthWestNorth blog:
At 20:31 on August 8, 2007, the online edition of China Daily posted an article titled: "China invites the world to Olympics" on its website.

The following sentence appeared: "Security was tight around Tiananmen Square, where troops crushed pro-democracy demonstrations in 1989 with huge loss of life, as crowds gathered for the celebrations.".

This came about because someone did a copy-and-paste job from Reuters' Nick Mulvenney (dated 19:54 on the same evening) without checking the content.


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