Tag: journalism

Another example of NY Times biased reporting--as if we need one

This one, of many examples, is byAnnie Karni and Maggie Haberman writing, “Trump, with his baseless attacks on Joe Biden’s mental status, may have set a trap for himself in the first debate.” [Emphasis added.] They wrote, The misleading notion that Biden is too addled for the presidency has been driven by Trump since 2018, when... Read more »

The demise of the profession formerly known as journalism

“We’re tired of being told to show both sides of issues there are no two sides of.” Never in my four decades as a journalist did I expect to hear reporters say that they’re tired of being told by their editors that they must report both sides of a story. Yet, this is what we’ve... Read more »

Advice to journalists about how to cover the coronavirus pandemic

This is from Journalist’s Resource, a tip sheet on how to cover the news. Its “Epidemiological models: 10 things journalists covering coronavirus research should know” advises ten things that journalists should tell their readers when trying to explain how those models and scientific studies work. For those who wonder about the legitimacy of the studies and... Read more »
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Journalists, aren't you tired of being used?

The number of news stories that are from unnamed “sources” has become a plague on the journalism profession, and on the nation. When will journalists start telling these “sources” that they won’t run the story without identifying the “sources?” When will journalists come to the realization that they’re being used by “sources” for their own... Read more »

Trey Gowdy asks questions about Benghazi that reporters can't answer

Reporters sat mute as Rep. Trey Gowdy asked them questions about Benghazi that reporters can’t answer. Reporters normally don’t respond to questions posed by a person who calls a press conference, and this time they didn’t either. As a long-time Chicago newspaper reporter, I probably would have not answered the questions either; that’s not normal... Read more »

Maybe the media should shut up about Ferguson

After all, so many in the media have been telling everyone else to shut up. And perhaps they should. There’s always an “activist,” “law enforcement official,” “commentator,” “social scientist” and an endless array of “experts” yet to be interviewed. Good God, this could go on forever. But who’s giving voice to all the these provocateurs,... Read more »
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Are the local Patch newspapers headed for the trash heap?

A number of Chicago suburbs are severed by the Patch, ambitious effort to provide local news via the Internet and a bold experiment by AOL. Might the experiment have failed? Here’s an analysis by Forbes: It’s said that success has many fathers while failure is an orphan. Yet AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, although prepared to put... Read more »

When the "new media" kill

Bloggers and all deriders of the “legacy media” should read this piece. Professional journalism becoming replaced by the kind of laissez faire, anything-goes new media touted by what I would cal communications libertarians has its consequences. Sometimes deadly. 

Is government intervention in newspapers wise?

The Federal Trade Commission is working on recommendations–to put it bluntly–to save newspapers from oblivion. Whenever I see government and newspapers in the same sentence, I usually blanch. Only in the First Amendment (prohibiting government restrictions on a free press) do I feel comfortable seeing the words juxtaposed. So, why should the FTC concern itself... Read more »
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Stevenson High School Baloney

There have been a lot of remarks about “censorship” of the newspaper published by Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. Much of the argumentation supporting the students, who claim to have been censored by the school administration, refers to a U.S. Supreme Court case called Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier. Oddly, both sides cite the case... Read more »
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