Dow Jones: Fake News As a Training Error

October 11, 2017

In the dead tree edition of the Wall Street Journal, I read an interesting but all too brief article; to wit: “Dow Jones Publishes Errant Headlines in Systems Snafu.” The main point is that Dow Jones pushed out “nearly 2,000 dummy headlines and articles.” The company, of course, is sorry, very sorry. The “false headlines” were disappeared. The small item on page B 5 at the bottom of the page of newsprint included this statement on October 11, 2017:

I take today’s inadvertent and erroneous publication of testing materials extremely seriously.

Fake news. Nah, just a digital flub from the proud Murdoch outfit. Mistakes happen. Perhaps the Dow Jones engine will factor in this human response when it next excoriates Silicon Valley outfits who stub their toes.

Oh, if you are looking for the story online, you have to search Google News for “fake news” and follow the links to everyone except the Wall Street Journal. Google does point to this item on the dowjones.com Web site. The publicist does not include the mea culpa, which I find interesting.

Stephen E Arnold, October 11, 2017

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