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Steven Spielberg is misrepresented by top news publishers

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Steven Spielberg has been misrepresented by top news publishers and the world is following suit.

There is always a danger of making mistakes in journalism, such as the odd ‘typo’ or the minor factual error. These little nuances the world can forgive as the story is edited and either re-submitted to the search engines or a tiny little box on the back corner of the newspaper is designed with an apology for the mishap. We are all human after all!

However, there are some mistakes in journalism which there really is no shovel big enough to dig yourself out of the crevasse which you may have found yourself in. This is the case with the current news story which has creatively misquoted one of the world’s most revered film directors : Steven Spielberg.

We will now highlight this creative journalism as an example. Steven Spielberg stated this when he met with students at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts on Wednesday:

‘That’s the big danger, and there’s eventually going to be an implosion — or a big meltdown. There’s going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen mega-budget movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and that’s going to change the paradigm.’

However, following the initial report, released on the Hollywood Reporter, some of the headlines following it from around the world, read as follows:

‘Steven Spielberg on Wednesday predicted an “implosion” in the film industry is inevitable’

‘Steven Spielberg predicts “implosion” of the film industry’

‘Spielberg foresees ‘implosion’ of film industry’

‘Steven Spielberg made an unsettling prediction on Wednesday: the “implosion” of the film industry is on its way.’

The fact is that a reference Steven Spielberg made to the implosion of three or four mega-budget movies has now been misquoted to say that his reference was about the entire film industry. Unless the entire film industry consists of only three or four of these movies, this has to go down in the history books as one of the most exaggerated manipulations of the facts ever released on the internet .

A disastrous aspect to this current story, is the momentum it has gained as it is now being published through the internet’s top news platforms, syndicators, and quoted by authority bloggers. Rehashing news is rife throughout the internet and is mostly a constructive way of distributing the facts worldwide in a timely fashion. In this case though, it is difficult to pinpoint any constructive reason for the chain of errors, nor for subsequent syndication of this story through all prominent news platforms. This takes lazy journalism to a whole new level. We did not expect to see this to happen on major news platforms like THR, CNN, CBSNews, Huffington Post but the list goes on, and people are being given the wrong information about the film industry.

So how do you correct such an error in journalism? A re-submission or a small 2×6 advert on the back page of the newspaper is now simply off the table. A public apology across every major news network in the world might just do the trick though!

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