Take the RailRunner to White Sands?

I stumbled across this story from some online publication called Examiner.com and was shocked by how much ignorance is contained in one short post about the Duke City and New Mexico.

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Comment by slamwagon on March 30, 2009 at 11:15am
Wow. Gotta love those Texans.

Area 51... not in New Mexico.
Comment by Lucky on March 30, 2009 at 5:15pm
Well, he says over and over again it's like another world. Maybe in his world trains don't need rails to take you to magical places.

I like the part where he's referring to the drive between ABQ & Santa Fe and goes on about long stretches between cities with no gas stations. Um. . .one, there are gas stations, and two, I didn't even have to fill up round-trip this weekend.
Comment by cathyray on March 30, 2009 at 7:08pm
Comment by Kelly on March 31, 2009 at 7:58am
The Examiner pays its writers, if it all, based on the number of hits a post gets. Maybe this story was a ploy by the writer to get more hits?
Comment by Emily on March 31, 2009 at 8:01am
Ditto Kelly--I looked at a job posting for them on one of the journalism boards, just out of curiosity because, well, I live here and have worked as a journalist for a few decades and had never heard of them. Any organization that pays its writers by the post is searching for quantity not quality.
Comment by Megan on March 31, 2009 at 10:20am
They're making a movie of Atlas Shrugged? (Pause for barfing) -- why won't Ayn Rand go away? The Simpsons did the best send-up of her -- The Ayn Rand School for Tots. "What is a baby saying when it's reaching for a bottle? I am a leech!"

Anyway - thanks for all the responses on my post! I left a long comment on the original article, which some of you may have seen. BTW -- please don't diss Texans as a whole just bc of this one idiot. I lived in Texas for five years and have many good, intelligent, progressive friends there. Don't write off 25 million people just because you have certain stereotypes of them. Plus, they make damn fine music.
Comment by Masshole in Fringecrest on March 31, 2009 at 11:36am
That writer writes at about a 5th grade level.
Comment by Andy on March 31, 2009 at 12:11pm
Wow, that was just so, so, so awful.
Comment by Pete Zaitcev on March 31, 2009 at 8:58pm
They (a) 404-ed the article, and (b) geolocated me to /Albuquerque. FAIL twice, way to go. You may be sure I'll never visit them again.
Comment by Andy on April 1, 2009 at 10:43am
Nittany, I appreciate you weighing in on the issue but I have a few questions since you are connected with Examiner.com. First off, how could an article this bad be posted? Does Examiner.com have a fact checker or copy editor? I looked at the site and the form required to become an examiner didn't really do anything to make sure people are qualified for the job in my opinion. In terms of coverage, I'm not seeing much on the site either that you can't get elsewhere. While the Internet is the wave of the future for media, I think it's important to draw a line between legitimate news gathering organizations and bloggers, and from what I see, Examiner.com is a group of bloggers trying to pass themselves off as a legitimate news gathering organization.
And as a print journalist, this offends me. It's true that many people get their news from the Internet, but the sites that provide that news are usually backed by a legitimate publication or TV or radio station news team.
Unless Examiner.com proves to me that the information on the site is reliable and that someone actually checks facts and edits copy, then I can't begin to take them seriously as a source for news or information.


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