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Meteoroid, meteor, meteorite

February 16th, 2013 by Bookslinger

Journalists are known for getting things wrong whenever the subject is something outside of their area of expertise, i.e., anything other than journalism. (And even then I don’t trust them.) Recent media coverage of semi-automatic rifles and meteors illustrates this.

It’s a meteoroid when it’s in space.

It’s a meteor as it passes through the Earth’s atmosphere creating a streak of light and shedding glowing material in its wake.

It’s a meterorite after it hits the ground.

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February 16th, 2013 12:34:32

Adam G.
February 16, 2013

A meteorite is an assault meteor.

February 16, 2013

CNN anchor thinks meteors might be caused by global warming.

February 16, 2013

Kent G. Budge
February 17, 2013

It’s wonderful that, in this country, we have managed to find gainful employment for the illiterate, the innumerate, and the feebleminded.

It’s regrettable that we employ them in critical occupations like broadcast journalism.

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