I carp all the time about reporters who love to speculate and editors who let them do it. If I had my way, the verb "seems" would be banned from newsrooms. (Along with the word "indeed," but that's another issue entirely.)
But what did I do last Wednesday? Link to a half-assed report in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer whose reporter speculated, having inferred something from a reading of a financial filing, that Delta was backing away from the 18 orders for new Boeing 787s that it has inherited when it bought Northwest Airlines.
Not so, Delta's president, Ed Bastian, said today at the JP Morgan Aviation and Transportation conference.
I stuck a note on the March 4 post saying it was based on bad information.