| By Greg Fisher, creditscoring.com
From: Greg Fisher [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 11:21 AM
To: Paula Kerger, president, PBS (via J. Byrne)
Subject: credit score, scale
Your information is wrong.
Contact Us at the bottom of your PBS.org home page links to http://www.pbs.org/about/contact/. There, Press Contacts leads to the email address I used to send this message.
I hope it gets through and you acknowledge it so that I know so. I already tried social media. Incognizance, ignored messages and indifference play a significant role in this matter. The personal visit, the logical ultimate step to merely get someone's attention, is expensive, inefficient and unnecessary.
The claim on your website, "The best credit rates are given to people with scores above 770, but a score of 700 -- out of a possible 850 -- is considered good, according to Fair Isaac," is false.
In fact, in the paragraph preceding that sentence, the same authors state that the scale of the credit score in question is 300 to 850. So, logically, there are only 550 points "possible." While that may seem picayune, in the context of its greatest significance—truth—it is not. The date of the document is 2004—ten years ago—and, indeed, it is listed prominently in Wikipedia. That is enough time to get it right, and its position makes doing so even more important.
But the overriding significance of that inaccuracy is what it represents: The future of misinformation and its unknown consequences. To call attention to errors in reports about credit scores, I regularly point out another common factual error media organizations make, one of American history.
You are going to have to make a correction of this falsity: "Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., appears to be on track to cruise to a victory Tuesday against his tea party opponent, Matt Bevin."
Please do so today. Senator McConnell has never been the majority leader.
And, furthermore, employers do not use credit scores. I looked into it.