Tag: reporting

The Cost of Information, Good and Bad

 

Is there something about the decreasing price of information that makes it harder to sift the chaff from the wheat? I have investigated this phenomenon before with respect to poetry. The barriers to entry for writing and publishing poetry have come down significantly over the centuries, and especially over the last few decades. There is much more poetry, but not necessarily any more good poetry. Thus, it becomes more of a chore to find good new poems. (Trust me, I once published and edited a poetry magazine.) The same seems to be happening with “news” and other information sources. There seem to be more outlets serving fewer real facts. Finding these facts becomes more and more difficult.

What are you seeing out there, Ricochet?

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Drudge at the National Press Club Let’s go back in time.  Here is a priceless speech and Q&A from Matt Drudge.  The date is 1998 and he has entered the belly of the beast – the National Press Club.  The Clinton/Lewinsky story is still recent history.  He provides a background on the history of the […]

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We heard an interview on 89.1 talk radio while heading to Lowes on Sunday. Whether you are pro or anti-Trump, it was interesting and informative, and secondly, in the radio interview, the journalist, David Cay Johnston, posed some important questions on the current state of journalistic reporting. While you may or may not like his […]

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Journalism and Non-Literal Communication

 

Pseud’s recent post about Sharyl Attkisson fact-checking Trump’s passing remarks about McCain raises an interesting dilemma for journalists. How do you report on non-literal statements?

As I said in my comment there, I believe Trump was clearly being sarcastic when he said, ”[McCain] is a war hero because he was captured.” The implication, as evidenced by surrounding remarks, was that McCain is not a war hero because accidental suffering does not make one a hero. (That’s not to say Trump is correct or that he shouldn’t have followed the comment by acknowledging that McCain served with honor, at least. But that’s a discussion for other threads.)

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Moral of the story: Always verify the exact quote. This one isn’t eyecatching.  It’s not designed to make a conservative look evil or stupid. It’s simply an egregious example of cut-and-past quotations leading to a complete misrepresentation.  It’s sheer unprofessional laziness. Preview Open

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