Tag Archive for journalism

Misinformation in the news continues to prosper because no one complains

Whatcha gonna do? Journalists can’t help but chase sensational stories. Media manipulator Ryan Holiday explains why – The Next Web. The demands of online journalism, where page views reign supreme and the time between starting an article and pressing publish is increasingly restricted, has triggered all sorts of unprecedented and questionable journalistic behavior. Indeed. This…

Jim Tucker: Didn’t outlive Rockefeller

Infowars reports: Bilderberg Sleuth Jim Tucker Dead at 78 Alex Jones’ (Sorry, I refuse to link to that site. Ever.) Jim Tucker, the ground breaking journalist who chronicled the activities of the secretive Bilderberg Group beginning in the 1990s, has died from complication after a fall. Tucker was 78. Here is more from American Free…

The Atlantic pulls Scientology ads after outcry

I saw this article last night during the Twitter outcry. What was this esteemed publication doing with this blatantly obvious “advertorial”? It has since been pulled. Poynter. » The Atlantic publishes then pulls sponsored content from Church of Scientology. About 11 hours after it was published online, The Atlantic removed sponsored content from the Church…

Counterfactual history: The Atlantic picks apart the Newsweek cover story

Fact checking front page articles? Nah… This one is all over the political news sites. A Full Fact-Check of Niall Ferguson’s Very Bad Argument Against Obama – Matthew O’Brien – The Atlantic. Celebrity historian Niall Ferguson doesn’t like President Obama, and doesn’t think you should either. That’s perfectly fine. There are plenty of legitimate reasons…

Women-only city in Saudi Arabia is a mistake

Scratch that! No women-only city in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is not building an industrial city for women only. Contrary to reports in the Guardian, the Daily Mail, the Huffington Post, ABC News, Russia Today and dozens, if not hundreds, of other sources who published the story apparently without bothering to check facts with the…

Crowd-corrected and crowd-improved: Comments to a piece are vital to its story.

I don’t usually post these type of non-news, opinion pieces as news, but this one is particularly relevant here. It’s about publicly peer reviewed articles. It describes the case of the ivory billed woodpecker. Thought extinct, on several occasions, claims were made that it was located alive. Each time caused a stir. This piece serves…

News disclaimer: It’s not journalism, it’s theater

A popular episode of This American Life radio show about factory conditions at the Apple manufacturer Foxconn in China has been retracted. The story raises signficant questions regarding the ethics of journalism and the importance of the message over the facts. This American Life Retracts Mike Daisey’s Piece On Foxconn For “Significant Fabrications” “We’ve learned…

Let scientists speak, Canada

Frozen out : Nature : Nature Publishing Group. Media interactions with government scientists have undergone a reversal across North America during the past six years. In the United States, President Barack Obama’s administration has directed federal science agencies to develop integrity policies with clear guidelines for scientists who are approached by journalists. Over the same…

Blue Monday Bulls**t

Blue Monday: a depressing day of pseudoscience and humiliation A psychologist explains why the third Monday of January has for him become the most depressing day of the year. …there are many reasons why someone may feel particularly “down” during January. But every year, much of the media become fixated on a specific day –…