I seem to be doing that “not post because I have nothing meaty to say” thing, so here’s something reasonably bite size:
Here is a cute “human interest” story about twin foals born on Easter Sunday. It’s pretty nondescript, and the facts are more or less correct (twin foals are pretty rare, because most mares aren’t quite big enough to carry two full size fetuses to term). I only got interested when I saw some screencaps from the video:
Why doesn’t anyone seem terribly concerned about that mare? (Actually, people on forums are concerned — but why hasn’t even one of the hundreds of news feeds which have brainlessly reposted this article even wondered why they can see every rib on the mother?) She looks like a 1 or 2 on the Henneke body condition scale — damn skinny, almost emaciated. Yes, she’s been eating for three, and mares lose body condition when pregnant, especially with twins. But let’s look at some other photos of new equine mothers of twins:
EDIT: I feel better. I’m not the only one that wondered.
I don’t think this is a post so much about this specific situation, even, as it is about this: The reporter and photographer visited the site and took pictures and video and didn’t see (or at least didn’t mention) the mare’s condition. The primary editor at the TV station didn’t mention it, and neither did anyone else at the station which saw the story. Many, many news feeds reposted this article without even appearing to do so much as glance at the photos. What else are we missing, in other news articles on other topics? Consider this article on a “black phase coyote” shot by a hunter. What might the news outlets that covered this story have missed? (Hint, kids: that’s a husky!)