What speechwriters can learn from Boston’s news coverage

The priority to get the facts right should be as paramount to speechwriters as it is journalists.

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First was the importance of accuracy. Get the facts right. Not once, not a few times, every time. Professors failed work if one comma was out of place or one fact was wrong. Didn’t matter if the piece was worthy of a Pulitzer Prize, a fudged figure was like a murderer on the loose. Seek and destroy.

Whatever happened to that pride in accuracy?

Witness the reporting on the tragic events at the Boston Marathon. Shortly after the bombings, I tuned into various TV stations and followed a few Twitter feeds.

Most of what I heard and read turned out to be completely wrong. Not a little wrong, but completely wrong. CNN’s John King, for instance, mistakenly reported a suspect had been arrested. Social media spiraled out of control. Left wing, right wing—same deal.

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