importance of accuracy when quoting speakers is a basic lesson of
the past week, numerous journalists have shown they didn't pay attention
when exposed to that lesson.
their teachers didn't emphasize the need for accuracy in quotations.
they didn't listen the day quotations were discussed.
they skipped class that day.
they didn't review their notes.
they are slow to learn and didn't bother to study enough.
they are careless and don't care whether they quote people accurately
they are dishonest and don't want to quote people correctly.
one little word, "perhaps," was left out of many stories about the
resignation of Joycelyn Elders. The lead paragraph of numerous stories
said that Elders made a certain statement. But, when her exact words
were quoted in following paragraphs, it was apparent to a careful
reader that she had included the word "perhaps." Qualifying words
and phrases must be taken into account, not only in direct quotes
but also in indirect quotations and In paraphrases of quotations.