Here’s a link to an interesting thread at the FinCon Facebook page:
Michael Germanovsky asked: “Is it okay for a finance blogger that caught a news reporter on a wrong factual statement to call out the mistake?” He noted that one reported warned him of a risk of being blacklisted for doing such a thing.
Here’s my comment:
I think it is fine to try to correct the error in private, so long as that gets the error corrected. If it does not, I think you need to call him out publicly. Your loyalty should be to your readers, not to people who have the power to advance your career. That said, I have done this and suffered the biggest blacklisting in the history of the internet. So the point that the person made who said not to do this is a legitimate one. I don’t want to suggest that there will not be consequences for doing the right thing. A lot of the Big Shots in this field stick together. Still, my personal take remains that you must put your readers first. You should bend over backwards to be polite and kind and charitable. But you must get accurate information out or you become complicit in a cover-up.