Sometimes, a character in a drama is killed off. So I wonder: Does the great drama of news production report death erroneously? How frequently, and why?
Someone was badly mangled in a crash involving a car stolen from the mayor. The victim is recovering in a local hospital.
Of course, as I witnessed occassionally outside of GWU hospital (the one where Capitol Hill goes), news reporters can be annoying. So someone from the hospital cites patient privacy, and upona a reaching barrage of microphones, mumbles.
And then, word gets out.
But it doesn't really matter, because the victim was just a pawn in the media circus.
A misled statement won't hurt anyone.