ABC News Falls for Spoof Trump Twitter Handle

Dealing with mistakes has long been a fact of life for journalists. The traditional course of action is to acknowledge the mistake, correct the mistake, apologize if necessary, and then move on. But in the era of any story less than 100% accurate being labeled “fake news” the temptation to quietly expunge the mistake from existence without any acknowledgement that the mistake was made is greater than ever. Only ABC News knows its motivation for attempting to disappear an embarrassing mistake it made in a story about a proposed wall at the U.S.-Mexican border. The original version, now deleted, included a tweet from a spoof Twitter handle the ABC apparently mistook as coming from  President Trump.

 

After a reader posted a comment to the story about the error, ABC NEWS replaced it with this version; and deleted the comments from the reader pointing out the error.

 

Any entity that publishes news, Media Trackers included, finds itself dealing with the aftermath of mistakes from time to time. It can be argued that how the mistake is dealt with says more about the credibility of the news organization than the mistake itself does.