GT: Greenwich woman averts disaster on 86-day trek. That’s the claim; the story, written by someone not on the paper’s staff, is less compelling and of course, more accurate. Turns out, a young woman on a National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) trip ran into a snowstorm in New Mexico with her group. They expected sun, they got snow and cold feet so they retreated and went on with the rest of their itinerary. Big friggin’ whoop.
I suppose I’m annoyed at this jazzing up of the facts by the editor because I’m a graduate of NOLS as is one of my daughters and I know the organization to run a safe program. The hiker was never in danger, nor does she claim to have been – the Greenwich Time invents that element.
Just another example of the phenomenon that, when you know something about a particular subject you can recognize how much the press, which seems to know nothing about anything, distorts reality. It’s not a huge leap to imagine that that same distortion and misrepresentation of facts is also going on in the coverage of events you don’t know much about.