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By Meg Scharf, UCF Forum columnist Toward the end of an old favorite film, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962), a newspaper
Graefe, meanwhile, thoughtfully analyzed how algorithms - those problem-solving formulas derived from the name of 7th Century
Just because someone says it's so, doesn't make it so. And the combative presidential election contest of 2016 has inspired the mass media equivalent of a Gold Rush of fact-checking.
His biggest problem is he appeared to believe the larger-than-life visions of himself that NBC used to promote his broadcasts. He believed his own press, so to speak, and his public persona went straight to his head. Was that why his memory became so foggy?
Do your best to get it right. If you do, great. If you don't, admit you got it wrong, fix it, even if hard, and try harder next time. And we should reward journalists and press outlets that are practicing good, honest journalism.
Now, let us draw the obvious analogy. Newspapers today (and television news) are very much produced as was the Encyclopedia Britannica - by a small group of editors and expert contributors. The Encyclopedia Britannica, you will note, stopped publishing in 2010. Newspapers, no doubt, will not be far behind.
If our country is ever to get out of its current polarized rut, our media habits need to change. People need to get their news from a wide range of sources and go beyond their own echo chambers to get various perspectives on the news. They need news that they can rely on.
I want news I can trust. I know this is not a simple problem. But it starts with journalists using their expertise and authority to accurately describe what is happening.
I really just want news I can trust. Turns out that what we have now are a lot of ethics codes and policies, but very little accountability.
Our social contract with the news business is that they hold the powerful to account. In return, we buy the products of news outlets, and give news professionals certain protections, like the U.S. First Amendment and shield laws.
Josh Stearns of Free Press has some great ideas of what editorial boards could be doing in lieu of endorsements: What if
Unlike the typical politician, Austen always signals the artificiality of her narratives. If only political narratives -- or all the pundits insisting we need them -- could be as honest. But what politician says, "enjoy the artificiality of my American success story?"
The press should be the immune system of democracy, and needs to fulfill that role again. My hope is that the outcome of
The Paul Ryan speech has now triggered a spasm of fact-checking. Maybe what's changed is that surviving serious professional news people are "as mad as hell and not taking it anymore."
I've wondered what's the deal when you can see that a reporter knows when he's being lied to, but says that he has to "leave it there" and throw it back to the anchor. That reinforces the lie.
The President Obama/Osama Bin Laden gaffe topped Silverman's list for the biggest typo of 2011. In the wake of Obama's Sunday
"I gave her my address, because I bought a home out of foreclosure three years ago this month," Knapp said on KLAS during
Those of us who have been reading Romenesko for years never really thought of what he was doing as "writing." It was ridiculous to accuse of him plagiarism or something like it because he didn't claim that anything he was posting was his original work.
At 8:15 p.m. on Thursday night, Moos published a second post, announcing Romenesko's departure. Earlier in the day, Romenesko