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Marc -- My eyes must have been weary when I was writing the piece! Rachel's correct -- good catch!
Bill -- Defamation laws may still apply, but what if the incorrect info doesn't defame anyone? Bloggers and other average citizens put what they believe to be facts out there all the time. The info may not defame anyone's character, it is simply incorrect. The speed at which technology enables these "facts" to be shared can result in thousands believing them and passing them along to thousands more...and fiction now becomes fact. (Think the game "telephone" from our youth.) That's why I recommend looking at them with a wary eye. Journalists' reputations are on the line every time they report a fact, and sometimes even though facts are checked three times, they're wrong. Too much wrong reporting means credible sources are likely to stop returning emails and phone calls. That can end a career.