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
    Anonymous Coward, 28 Mar 2008 @ 7:44am

    "He's a self professed 'expert' on Intellectual Property, and likes to post his credentials to give the illusion of authority. In other words, he's angrydude with a better vocabulary."

    I think that most inventors are sick of opportunists stealing their creations, and yes it is flat out theft because it is a constitutionally defined property right. And I am a recognized expert about intellectual property issues as they relate to inventor-entrepreneurs. Frankly the opinions of those who associate with the Piracy Coalition or otherwise stooge for them carry no weight in the inventor community.

    “With all your lobbying activity I'm surprise you have time to be an "inventor".”

    Actually I consider the patent deform issue so important that I have put my inventing career on hold. I fund my activism with royalties from inventions I have already commercialized. I have already sunk in excess of a million dollars in the current patent deform fight.

    Also, unlike most of the people on this forum I am willing to sign my name to what I have to say. It seems many of you do not have the gumption to stand behind what you say, and frankly that makes many even less credible than Mike.

    Mike most certainly scours high and low to find corporate shills who agree with his agenda. But I have yet to see any who are recognized experts.

    I keep speaking to the issue of the Coalition for Patent fairness, aka. the Piracy Coalition because I think the companies involved in that group are very poor corporate citizens. I also think, as evidenced by the Cisco fiasco that Piracy Coalition members are using stealth tactics to get many people to carry their water who would not do so if they knew who was really behind all this troll crap.

    Last, once again I must point out that I am fully aware that Mike with never be swayed by reason or the real facts. As I have said before I suspect that he has a very good reason$ for backing bad players and their agenda.

    Therefore, the only reason for me to drop in here is to catch the attention of other people who share my views. You would be amazed at how Mike is pissing off inventor-entrepreneurs. His comments are making an impression and driving those people to join our efforts to kill patent deform.

    One more point, in that troll tracker made it much easier for me to locate people who are being victimized by Piracy Coalition members. It is my opinion that Cisco and those who stooge for them are scum, but even scum can be used for good purposes.

    Ronald J. Riley,


    Speaking only on my own behalf.
    Affiliations:
    President - www.PIAUSA.org - RJR at PIAUSA.org
    Executive Director - www.InventorEd.org - RJR at InvEd.org
    Senior Fellow - www.patentPolicy.org
    President - Alliance for American Innovation
    Caretaker of Intellectual Property Creators on behalf of deceased founder Paul Heckel
    Washington, DC
    Direct (202) 318-1595 - 9 am to 9 pm EST.

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