Take for instance, the reporting by both the Wall Street Journal and the LA Times from Governor Palin's speech and Q&A session at the India Today Conclave today. Both of them state that the governor said the following while giving an answer to a question:
“Free people that make up a free country don’t wage war on another country.”
That is a direct misquote. What Governor Palin actually said:
“Free people that make up a free country don’t wage war on another free country.”
Watch the clip of Governor Palin, from the event to see for yourself (at the 22:50 mark).
These reporters omitted a small, yet very important word from her sentence. The word "free." By doing so, they change the entire context of the point she was making. The governor's true remark was 100% accurate and history proves that to be the case. Are these press agents purposely trying to make Governor Palin look uninformed by misreporting her statement? Or are they just pathetic performers at their jobs?
Either way, let's just be happy that these "journalists" didn't decide to become brain surgeons.