Here I will post examples of incorrect reporting of firearms and firearm terminology. This is not to call people out, but merely to show that these things often slip by because of lack of knowledge and poor assumptions.
From the Marine Corps Times As a result, if Marines and sailors are taking machine-gun fire, it’s probably an AK47 spitting “seven-six-two.”
The Avtomat Kalashnikov is not now and has never been a "machine-gun." While the AK-47 can, in some variations, be set for automatic fire, this does not make them machine guns; this makes them automatic rifles.
Machine guns, by contrast, are often but not always "crew-served" (you need two people to operate it properly.) They are designed for sustained fire (not particularly feasible with magazines) and so are usually belt fed.
I know these distinctions may seem unimportant, but they really are two distinct classes. You're either doing it right or you're not.
By all means we should point it out, hence the title of this thread.
But many gun owners tend to make this an excuse to club reporters and media outlets over the head with their errors. There's a big difference between correcting/clarifying and berating/badgering. This forum will be chock full of the former and empty of the latter.
Lets nip this conversation now by agreeing to respect each other's opinion. I can't see it as a case of "us versus them" since I'm a member of both us and them. I understand that people are angry and upset about misinformation, and the point of this group is to give people a place to learn.