If at first you don't succeed, try try again
While I was reading through chapter 6 in IANS, I came across the section of denying the Holocaust. The conducted poll came out with results claiming 22% of Americans believe the Holocaust never happened. When you get a statistic like this. You have to question where this information came from. If all turns out accurate, you need to ask......what question was actually asked to get these results. As it turns out, the question contained a double negative, "Does it seem possible, or does it seem impossible to you that the Nazi extermination of the Jews never happened." Now, as a English/Journalism critic, RED FLAGS should pop up. The question was too confusing. When it was reworded, the poll results changed only 1% denial rate.
However, what really caught my attention about this incident was Roper apologized for it, "I deeply regret this entire incident, and i feel it most important to set the record straight publicly."
It takes a really strong person to admit a mistake that affected America's integrity and appologized publicly. This shows an honorable act that we as learning journalists can learn from ourselves.
We know the first time around is not going to be perfect, so when you do mess up, make up for it and try it agian.