16 responses

  1. Other Fred in the UK
    July 7, 2010

    Jim,

    Don’t be to hard on yourself or BTB. Your swift and brutal honesty when you have made a mistake and your acknowledgement of sources in your posts is to your credit, and is in sharp contrast to, at least, the British media. Please continue the good work.

  2. Karen
    July 7, 2010

    This whole episode has reminded me just why I trust this site. Stuff happens. What really matters is what happens after that. How you have handled this is to your credit. Keep up the good work.

  3. Michael Bussee
    July 7, 2010

    I concur. The sign of an excellent journalist is one who swiftly updates and corrects when information turns out to be faulty. I still give you an “A”.

  4. RWG
    July 7, 2010

    I read BTB almost every day; I shall continue to do so with great interest and appreciation. Incidents like this happen regularly in journalism, even to the best in the profession. You are to be commended for your commitment journalistic service to your community and the country. You’re writing history here, please continue.

    Sadly, it is clear that someone died horribly in that benighted land, Uganda. When we read of such things, it reminds us how truly thin is the veneer of civilization. May we progress as a species toward enlightenment.

    Thank you Jim.

  5. pax58
    July 7, 2010

    I check into this site at least once a day because of how hard you try to bring facts to what are trually emotional issues in the GLBT community. I am an Epicopalian and read this news on several church sites as well. It is just sad. Thanks for this post, but as others have said, it only points to how hard you try to pull truth from so much on the web, which is just opionion fed as truth.
    I condemn those who started this hoax for obiviously personal gain. But we must remember in places like Africa GLBT persons face life/death issues on a daily basis, this hoax does nothing to address that issue and yes, the death of this young man straight/gay is not only sad but horrific in the year 2010.

  6. Leslie Basden
    July 7, 2010

    I’m grateful that you care about the veracity of what you post here, and that you make it right immediately when the story collapses.

  7. Guffey
    July 7, 2010

    Agreed. The fact that you exposed everything so quickly is a huge credit to you.

    I read BTB everyday. Good work and thanks.

  8. anteros
    July 8, 2010

    Jim, it turned out to be a hoax… but it was set up by some pretty smart people who most probably don’t mean well. They fooled all of us… until you cleared it up.

    So, I’m not really comfortable with that apology… the people who created the hoax ought to apologize, not the rest of us who were tricked.

    All I have is gratitude for your work. BTB’s credibility remains intact thanks to your thoroughness. This is still the best place for me to read up on suspect stories that are difficult to verify.

    Always fresh, always honest, thorough, reliable, with the best analysis… great work! Please keep it up!

  9. jake
    July 8, 2010

    It’s not like you lied us into war. And you began to express doubts pretty quickly. What I’m not understanding is what anyone would stand to gain from such a hoax. Did I miss something?

  10. darkmoonman
    July 8, 2010

    The apology and clarification attest to the character of BTB and Mr. Burroway.

    Rumor has always had a life of its own to which the internet has added incredible speed. Luckily, with diligence, that same internet speeds verification.

  11. Priya Lynn
    July 8, 2010

    I agree, I don’t think Jim needs to apologize for not being omniscient. If the rumour had been that it was an anti-gay activist that had been murdered the anti-gay websites would have not only not corrected the story they’d still be repeating it as fact knowing full well it wasn’t.

  12. paul canning
    July 8, 2010

    I don’t think you need to apologise, although the explanation of the basis on which you operate is probably a good idea as web publishers often have to confront issues on credibility.

    However given how often I have seen the MSM repeat myths from Africa – eg the ‘gay marriage’ story from Kenya in March – and not even correct them when its proved they got it wrong, no apology is needed from you Jim.

  13. Dave Rattigan
    July 8, 2010

    Mistakes happen. I’m sure the same thing has happened at least once to me.

    I think this is unduly harsh, though:

    “Until now, I hadn’t had the need to pass judgment on Changing Attitude, but I think you can probably guess where I stand now.”

    I assume they were only doing exactly what you did: Repeating a story from a source they thought they could trust.

  14. grantdale
    July 8, 2010

    Are you sure you wouldn’t prefer to wait 16 months before apologising Jim? And spend the interval spewing denials?

    No? Humph, obviously you’re never going to become anything important at Exodus. Wrong mindset, that’s your problem.

    I do appreciate how quickly all the BTB people correct themselves, and do so fearlessly, when need be; and that’s not often. Far from calling your reputation for accuracy into question, your actions and your words are an object lesson about maintaining a reputation for accuracy. Nobody likes to be fooled, or to repeat falsehoods, but it’s not as if you created the hoax; and it’s not as if the hoax was too fantastic to have been believed in the first place.

    Of course I shall not be holding my breath waiting for the perps of the hoax to come clean.

    Don’t be too hard on yourself: a decent slice of humble pie every now and again is all part of a balanced diet. So I’m told.

    ps: Changing Attitude has likewise made a rapid and public correction.

  15. hb
    July 9, 2010

    What a nasty situation! Thank you for clearing it up so quickly. I still consider you a trusted source, and so do others. I saw a number of sites that linked to btb for information on the hoax.

  16. MJ
    July 9, 2010

    I think the real deal here is the swift correction and apology. None of us can get it 100% correct all the time, no matter how we try. As to the harm possibly done to the LGBT cause, I think if we tally it up, this site does FAR more good than harm. This site has been a major source of gay news to me since I came out, and has had a large part to play in my just knowing that there are other people out there like me. Thanks so much for that, Jim! And don’t beat yourself up over this. As I said before, we none of us are perfect!

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