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Star Trek Fans Are Really Good Fact-Checkers

 by Danielle Maestretti

Tags: Media, Star Trek, Trekkies, newspapers, corrections, fact-checking, Craig Silverman, Regret the Error, Columbia Journalism Review, Danielle Maestretti,

Star Trek 2009 posterThe new Star Trek has unleashed a slew of inaccuracies about the franchise in newspapers across the country, and detail-oriented devotees aren’t letting them get away with it. Craig Silverman, editor of the fantastic newspaper-correction-spotter RegretTheError.com, tracks a series of Star Trek–related flubs—and subsequent corrections issued by editors bombarded with letters from Trekkies—in his most recent column for the Columbia Journalism Review:

The superfans deserve credit for being so diligent and outspoken. They seek out mistakes contained in the far reaches of every newspaper and set their emails to stun. And they’re on the hunt at all times…

Source: Columbia Journalism Review

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