Bad Sourcing

Friday, January 21, 2011

Transcript

Brooke takes us on a walk down bad memory lane when it comes to the media and inaccurate sources.

Comments [2]

CEG

Most of these false accusations sound like a case of racial profiling reinforced by media coverage. For instance, the Taiwanese-American who was wrongfully charged for leaking government secrets to Taiwan and he was imprisoned because the media made everyone believe that he was guilty when he really was not. I believe that this is mainly because Americans are searching so hard for a story that they will print one up before all of their facts are straight. This obviously only leads to trouble.

Jan. 25 2011 01:17 PM
bk from san diego

'initial reports' are almost always wrong..or at least inaccurate.it is the job of a news provider,first and foremost to sell advertising to keep the publication/broadcast 'in business'.it is the job of a reporter to 'tell a story' and to 'get the scoop' on the 'competition'. a story has a narative..a hero..a villain..a threat. it has to 'sell'. everyone has a motive and a point of view..everyone has a bias..everyone. if it is 'too good to be true'...it will still sell a lot of papers and book plenty of airtime. the truth?...sorry..not too much room for that.

Jan. 23 2011 09:41 PM

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