DailyDirt: Journalism FAIL

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While journalists are expected to follow a certain set of standards or code of ethics, that's not always the case. Every now and again, someone breaks the rules and gets away with it -- if only temporarily, since they usually get caught in the end. One famous example is former U.S. journalist Stephen Glass, who had fabricated many articles while he was working for the magazine The New Republic in the 1990s. (Apparently, he's now fighting for the right to practice law in California, after he was denied a license in 2007 on moral grounds.) Here are a few more examples of bad journalism. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.


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    Chris Brand (profile), Sep 26th, 2012 @ 5:12pm

    moral grounds ?

    You can be denied a license to practice law in the US on moral grounds ?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 26th, 2012 @ 5:18pm

    Here is a rather truthful speech, which makes many points that folks around here make.

    http://gadebate.un.org/sites/default/files/gastatements/67/IR_en.pdf

    Take a look around on the MSM and tell me thre isn't a lot of yellow journalisim on the topic.

     

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    Aaron T (profile), Sep 26th, 2012 @ 5:21pm

    Ryan Holiday...

    is a bit of an interesting choice. Unlike the other examples, Ryan isn't a journalist- From what I gather, instead he took advantage of lazy journalists who pretty much failed to do any of their own research and fact checking.

    Did he take advantage of them? Absolutely. Was it malicious at times? Almost certainly. And while I don't condone what he did, the fact that he was so wildly successful at it seems to indicate there is a bigger problem within the journalist community then just Ryan taking advantage of their trust.

     

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      Jay (profile), Sep 26th, 2012 @ 6:26pm

      Re: Ryan Holiday...

      That's one of the reasons that so few people trust the media now. Too many lazy journalists that can't be bothered to follow up on stories. I blame the US' lack of enforcement of the FAIR act.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Sep 27th, 2012 @ 12:03am

      Re: Ryan Holiday...

      So you can view Ryan as the investigative reporter and a slew of his interlocutors as the accused.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Sep 27th, 2012 @ 12:03am

      Re: Ryan Holiday...

      So you can view Ryan as the investigative reporter and a slew of his interlocutors as the accused.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Sep 27th, 2012 @ 12:03am

      Re: Ryan Holiday...

      So you can view Ryan as the investigative reporter and a slew of his interlocutors as the accused.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 26th, 2012 @ 6:26pm

    Still spamming Stumble Upon? Do you guys have no shame?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 27th, 2012 @ 12:00am

    It's refreshing to read the word "plagiarism" -- with its negative connotations on copying -- in Techdirt. Much as I love the Dirt, this is like a peck of Cleopatra Sand in the mix.

     

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    trish, Sep 27th, 2012 @ 7:57am

    apology?

    I thought Ms. Wente's apology was pretty special. The last paragraph can be summarized as "I'm sorry I did what I did, but I'm more sorry people caught me and called me out on it".
    I would copy paste this sorry section where she pretty much blames her troubles on everyone else, but ironically I am unable to copy the content.

     

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