Thursday, March 02, 2006

More media outlets confusing "breach" and "top"

I noted last night that the AP was confusing, intentionally or not, the difference between "breaching" the levees in New Orleans and "topping" the levees. This isn't the first time - after all, the President made the comments back in September, and there was an outcry at the time. One would think that people would have figured it out by now, but apparently not. There are at least two more media outlets making the same error today.


From this morning's Boston Globe:

Bush declared four days after the storm, "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees" that gushed deadly flood waters into New Orleans. But the transcripts and video show there was plenty of talk about that possibility -- and Bush was worried, too.


Again, the transcripts and video show that people were concerned about the levees being topped. That's not the same thing, not by a long shot.


And CBs' The Early Show is doing exactly the same thing.

CBS Reporter Bob Orr: Mayfield warns the levees may not hold.


(National Hurricane Center Director Max) Mayfield: I don't think anybody can tell you with any confidence right now whether the levees will be topped or not, but that's obviously a very, very big concern.

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