Friday, February 25, 2011

Update: WJR's Paul W. Smith's response to my old-fashioned snail mail letter asking him to stop repeating harmful light bulb urban legend

Writing a letter to Chuck Gadica reminded me of the letter I wrote two months ago to WJR Radio talk show host Paul W. Smith. That’s the one where he's asked to stop repeating the urban legend about HazMat cleanups and broken light bulbs. The legend that makes it easier for fearmongering "contractors" to scam people out of hundreds of dollars.

For responsible journalists, prompt acknowledgement and correction of errors of fact is a ethical and professional obligation. So far, this is all I’ve heard from Paul W.

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