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Mark Atwood
Why do you believe "the news"?
I've started reading slashdot comments again. They have actually started being intelligent and insightful. Today, I found this gem:


You believe news until they start talking about you.

News sounds believable. That's what they are all about.

I saw 3 different sources write about 3 completely different and totally unrelated things I was involved in (not even opinions, just plain information) and every time it was so hopelessly, blatantly wrong and inaccurate I kept my palm to my head wondering what kind of moron it takes to screw it up so completely, take plain, simple, public and common facts and get them reversed, mangled, confused, mixed up and beaten into a shape of something quite known but totally irrelevant.

Three different journalists, relating three completely different things to various unrelated media of completely different focus, and each of them managed to fuck it up completely and write total lies - not intentionally, just displaying total incompetence and complete lack of any basic understanding of the subject.

I think this is inherent to the industry. This must be something about psyche of people who choose the job. Just like all psychiatrists are slightly crazy, all reporters seem to be short on the skill of understanding of the world.

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mauser From: mauser Date: March 15th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Today's J-School graduates are not about "Reporting the facts" but about "Using the power of the Media to change the world". Unfortunately it usually means changing the world to fit their own utterly ignorant preconceptions.

I'm curious about what this guy was actually talking about.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: March 15th, 2010 04:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah yes, the ol' "speaking TRUTH to POWER" shit...
mauser From: mauser Date: March 15th, 2010 06:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Of course, now that their side has the Power, they're much less interested in Truth.
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