Does it render a review worthless when the reviewer makes a fundamental mistake of fact? Not always. But that doesn't mean the mistake won't be plonked on the internet for the whole world to point and jeer:
BALTIMORE, the capital of the US state of Maryland, was meant to be synonymous with the novels of Anne Tyler but The Wire is no finely wrought, keenly observed white-bread kitchen drama with a tear jerking finish. On the contrary, this HBO series does for Baltimore what the Troubles did for Belfast.