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Husky Men's Basketball

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July 19, 2007 at 11:06 AM

Idiot reporter makes stupid mistake

And unfortunately, I’m the reporter in question.
As a number of you pointed out, I made a big error in my story today on Tyreese Breshers’ change of heart in writing that Seattle is 1,800 miles away from Los Angeles.
As all of you pointed out, the distance is more accurately about 1,150 or so by road, maybe 950 or so by air.
Funny thing is, I know that well, having made that drive maybe 15 times myself — I used to live and work in Los Angeles (at three different newspapers down there over a span of about seven years) and would make that drive every summer to visit friends and family up here and see a few Mariners games.
Just to give you an idea how a mistake like that happens, I originally wrote “about 1,000 miles” remembering that distance from my drives and the dozens of times the friendly stewardess has informed me that’s how many frequent flier miles I’ll earn for my trip.
But I decided I’d check it out, and googled “los angeles seattle distance” and the first web site that popped up was this one.
As you can see at the bottom, it says “1835” as the distance, so that’s what I typed in (rounding it off just to be a little more general with it).
As you can also see, my fatal error is that the “1835 ” number is kilometers. But I didn’t notice that — and for whatever reason, my own experience in having made that drive a number of times didn’t register at that moment.
As I was doing all of this, I got a phone call that turned into a one-hour interview for a story unrelated to any of this.
By then, it was time to give them the story, so I punched the send button and didn’t give it another thought until I started checking my e-mail this morning, feeling a little more horrified with each one.
Maybe all of this explains why I got a “C” on our new Big Brain Academy game on the Wii last night.
Anyway, it’s fixed on-line now, and I’ll chalk that up as another learning experience while hoping you’ll continue to have faith in the reporting on this site here.

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