Saturday, September 26, 2009

How About "Qam"?

On Friday's Nightly News, a story about Iran's nuclear program featured a map that identified the city of "Qom". Moments later, another map spelled the city as "Qum". How about picking a spelling and sticking with it?

And during Friday's obituary for Timothy J. Russert, Sr. (father of the late Meet The Press moderator), Ann Curry informed us that Russert was 85 at the time of his death. But the caption below Russert's on-screen photo read "1920-2009", which would have made him several years older. So which is correct? This error is especially egregious considering that NBC just won an editing Emmy for Dateline's obituary of Tim Russert, Jr. Out of respect for the Russert family, couldn't Nightly News get the facts straight?

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