Mark Glaser over at Online Journalism Review has written up an article looking at both the Jayson Blair/NY Times fraud and the whole iLoo mess and wonders if it means that journalists are taking a credibility hit. The article quotes me at one point suggesting that fact-checking is a lost art. While he pulled the most obvious quote out of our interview, I think there were some other worthwhile points that we discussed. I mentioned that I didn't think the issue was so much about journalistic credibility in the case of the iLoo, but the way in which news organizations gleefully tweaked each other for falling for the hoax - and how those same organizations were then caught themselves for not having figured out that the hoax, itself, was a hoax. I also pointed out that, while Microsoft's PR team took a credibility hit, I doubted anyone was not going to believe the next press release that came out of Redmond. To be honest, I went back and forth on how to answer some of his questions, since I'm not really sure people cared that much about the "journalistic credibility" when it came to the iLoo story. The Blair case is a bit different, since those were stories that really impacted people - and not a filler story about what a nutty idea someone at Microsoft might have had.
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