Not everything you read is the truth.
June 6, 2007 8:53am CST
Living in the small province of Prince Edward Island in Canada, which relies heavily on it's tourist trade we were somewhat shocked this week by a report that a university professor in Texas had written an article on his blog site relating to several "sand" deaths on PEI beaches. Supposedly he was saying that several children had died due to having sand collapse on them, either from sand castles or embankments collapsing. He was in fact in the process of having this articles published as factual documents. This was a complete surprise to the residents of PEI who are completely unaware of any deaths atributable to sand on our beaches. I guess most of us are curious as to his reasoning for wanting to publish such untruths, let alone our tourist officials being very upset with the incident. It has been since reported that he has withdrawn said article but it leaves one to wonder what might have happened if some keen observer had not come across that particular blog. Would this have had a devestating effect on our tourist industry? I guess what it realy exemplifies is that because a paper is published by a professor it doesn't neccessarily make it true. And in this case not even researched.
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6 Jun 07
This is true of all published media right now. Whether it be Dan Rathers "mistaken" reporting or other unsubstantiated claims, there seems to be no liability or responsibility for 'professionals' to tell the truth. Its time to start invoking some penalties. I hope someone from your area sues the pants off the jerk.