In Journalism today it sometimes seems as if being first with a breaking story trumps everything—even being correct.
The latest media outfit to screw up on a breaking news story was NBC News, which breathlessly wanted to announce to the world that famed astronaut Neil Armstrong had passed away.
However, from the looks of things, its Web editor, who was probably about 10 when Armstrong walked on the moon, posted that “Astronaut Neil Young, the first man to walk on the moon, dies at age 82.” Young is a Hall of Fame rock star.
Even the NBC correction is hilarious: ”Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story misstated Neil Armstrong’s last name.,” it read.
NBC News didn’t get Armstrong’s name wrong, they simply “misstated it.”