Wait, Weren't Big Newspapers Needed For Credibility?

from the so-much-for-that-plan dept

Over the last few years, it's been amusing to watch defenders of mainstream journalism trash online journalism by claiming that traditional journalists can do real investigative journalism, whereas online-only sources are too easily suckered into fake stories. In fact, one of the loudest complaints about the demise of newspapers is that no one will do "investigative" reports any more. There's no doubt that newer journalism properties get stories wrong at times, but traditional journalists seem just as likely to screw up as well. Witness the big news about the LA Times getting totally suckered into believing a completely made up story concerning Tupac Shakur's murder. Who broke the LA Times mistake? The online site, TheSmokingGun.com. This isn't to say that new media is any better than traditional media -- but it does highlight that for all the supposed "authority" of traditional journalists and their lofty standards, there's a pretty long track record of stunning mistakes and poorly fact-checked stories made by them.

Filed Under: investigative journalism, journalism, newspapers
Companies: la times, the smoking gun


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  1. identicon
    BRADLEY STEWART, 28 Mar 2008 @ 7:32am

    THERE IS NO NEWS FROM THE MAIN STREAM MEDIA!

    TWENTY THREE TO TWENTY FOUR MINUTES OF EVERY HOUR IS COMPRISED OF COMMERCIALS, BUMPERS, AND PROMOS. THE NEWS THAT YOU DO GET IS AS STALE AS A THREE DAY OLD FISH. THE REST OF IT IS WHAT ARE THE HOLLYWOOD STARS DOING. DOGS THAT WON AWARDS IN SHOWS. PROPAGANDA ABOUT HOW GREAT OUR MILITARY TROUPS ARE DOING, AND HOW MUCH THAT THEY LOVE THE MILITARY. OH YEAH DONT FORGET THE IDIOTIC ENDLESS CHATTER ABOUT WHICH PRESIDENTAL CANDIDATE OR VOLUNTEER FOR THE SAME SAID THE MOST IDIOTIC THING TODAY, OR A WEEK OR TWO AGO AND ENDLESSLY BLATHERS ON ABOUT IT. JEEZ LOUISE I JUST DONT UNDERSTAND WHY THEIR RATINGS ARE IN THE DUMPSTER?

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