Monday, December 20, 2010

Don't Believe Everything You Read

Not all that long ago, when one read news accounts in big-city newspapers, one could be reasonably assured that quotes were verified by the obligatory, 'two sources'.
Creditable news editors insisted on it. A newspaper's reputation depended upon it. Ha! Not any longer.

In today's news environment, reporters and their editors seem satisfied with their initial source of information and apparently because of the press of deadlines and competitive media, seldom bother to verify all their facts and quotes. This is a general observation and undoubtedly, there are exceptions - at least we hope there are writers who still double-check their sources.

Bloggers on the other hand, are not inclined to seek a confirming source for their 'facts'. Blogging is generally, 'opinion'. And 'opinion' is more often than not, just that - as opposed to 'assessment', which would hold out the promise at least, that the writer has made an attempt to fathom the facts and draw a conclusion based upon all the facts that had been gathered. Additionally, bloggers including this writer, will likely form their opinions and make their assessments from material they've gleaned from the various sources that comprise the mass media. Checking 'facts' extracted from Tribune newspapers for example, or from programming on CNN, or from talking heads on local channels whose pronouncements do not include how their facts where verified, if they were - is next to impossible. So, to rely upon the superabundance of written chatter on blog sites as a sole source of information that is unfailingly accurate, just isn't a good idea.

All of which goes to prove that nothing worthwhile is accomplished without effort; that includes the process of becoming well-informed.

Conservative Commentary by MORT KUFF (c) 2010

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Chuck Lehmann said...

A good example of how misinformation is disseminated was exhibited by a prominent Professor of History, Robert Watson of Lynn University, who claimed in a column in the Sun-Sentinel, that former President Bill Clinton was impeached because of his dalliance with an intern. A man in his position should've known that Clinton was impeached because he perjured himself before a Federal Grand Jury in the Paula Jones case, not because of Monica Lewinsky. That misinformation, by an "esteemed" educator, shows the sloppiness by which facts are misrepresented to the public. Imagine the misinformation that is being disseminated by lazy journalists and overly partisan hacks, and you wind up with a maze of gibberish that is used to prove nothing of value. Unfortunately, gullible people repeat these untruths as fact.

Dump the Marxist! said...

It is scary how the majority of Media will follow, blindly, a community organizer with ties to hardcore extremists. Then the Traitor Dan Rather will blatantly lie about Pres. Bush and the MSM does not skip a beat. The MSM is where too many people get there info thus it is why we have an Anti-American, Rev. Wright Clone in the White House.