Friday, July 01, 2005

What happens when you write a sensational story but don't check the facts?

YOU GET SUED! Seems USA Today (owned by Gannett) wrote a very inaccurate and misleading article on the safety of Tasers and even implied that a Taser put out 100 times more energy than an electric chair. The VOLTAGE probably is 100 times higher than an electric chair, but high voltage does not kill, high current does. Energy in watts is equal to voltage multiplied by current. In reality the energy delivered is reportedly 1000 times LESS than an electric chair.
If you are going to write something like this, it would probably pay to have someone who has at least a PASSING knowledge of science and/or physics to catch the more outrageous errors.....

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