Monday, April 23, 2012

Really, really sloppy aggregating by Slate

[Updated at bottom]

"US Airways Will Take Over American Airlines" says the headline over at Slate V.

This is, of course, nothing more than a future possibility. As the video itself says, American "may be taken over" by US Airways. That's technically correct, though still perhaps pushing it a bit.

The flurry of news from the last few days comes from US Airways' announcement Friday that it reached a deal with three of the AA unions regarding how a merger would work (this is all somewhat theoretical). American says it has no intentions of merging. US Air is trying to push American while it's in a tenuous situation. Who knows what will actually happen.

As usual, Slate will probably not pay much of any price for such a gaffe.

Update: 17 minutes after I emailed Slate V, they wrote back to say they've changed it (headline is now: "US Airways May Take Over American Airlines"). Good for them for being responsive.


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