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Jul 12, 2016 How technology disrupted the truth

QUOTE: Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism....It seemed that journalists were no longer required to believe their own stories to be true, nor, apparently, did they need to provide evidence. Instead it was up to the reader – who does not even know the identity of the source – to make up their own mind. But based on what? Gut instinct, intuition, mood? Does the truth matter any more?

Guardian Unlimited
Jul 03, 2016 Fair Play in a Fact-Challenged Political Landscape (Mediator)

QUOTE: Mr. Lewandowski’s hiring represents a signal moment in political journalism’s evolving embrace of political operatives: A major mainstream news organization is using a commentator who is legally prohibited from sharing the unvarnished truth on the subject — Mr. Trump — he was hired to talk about.

New York Times
Jun 22, 2016 Is Donald Trump right about Hillary Clinton?

QUOTE: ...Trump raised valid questions about Clinton's foreign policy positions, fund-raising practices and email quandary -- but he did so in his vintage over-the-top fashion, with so many personal insults that many will ignore or forget the substance of his criticism.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jan 06, 2016 The Man Who Studies the Spread of Ignorance

QUOTE: Proctor found that ignorance spreads when firstly, many people do not understand a concept or fact and secondly, when special interest groups – like a commercial firm or a political group – then work hard to create confusion about an issue. In the case of ignorance about tobacco and climate change, a scientifically illiterate society will probably be more susceptible to the tactics used by those wishing to confuse and cloud the truth.

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Jul 16, 2015 The ambassador’s tale: Lessons I learned about success and scandal

QUOTE: Truth often loses its way in Washington and never more quickly than during a presidential campaign....Several of my friends tried to rally the president’s support, but I knew no one from the White House would publicly walk into what was to them a minor story.

Washington Post
Oct 19, 2013 Scientific research has changed the world. Now it needs to change itself

QUOTE: Too many of the findings that fill the academic ether are the result of shoddy experiments or poor analysis (see article). A rule of thumb among biotechnology venture-capitalists is that half of published research cannot be replicated. Even that may be optimistic.

Apr 28, 2013 Erasing History

QUOTE: The arrest story was obviously true when it was first published. But Connecticut’s erasure law has already established that truth can be fungible. Martin, her suit says, was “deemed never to have been arrested.” And therefore the news story had metamorphosed into a falsehood.

New York Times
Apr 19, 2013 Mistakes in news reporting happen, but do they matter?

QUOTE: reporting mistakes may not be as consequential as they used to be, media observers say. Although errors can travel faster than ever in a wired age, corrections and accurate information flow faster, too...

Washington Post
Dec 27, 2012 Viral Spiral 2012: The constant battle against crackpot claims, paranoid conspiracy theories and malicious lies.

QUOTE: old viral emails, unfortunately, never die — and new ones spread like a highly contagious disease. These overwhelmingly anonymous messages are, by and large, bogus. Many not only twist the facts but also peddle pure fabrications, urging recipients to forward these “shocking” revelations to all their friends. And despite all good common sense, people do pass along these malicious attempts to deceive, often in the same amount of time it would take to check their tenuous hold on veracity.
Nov 11, 2012 BBC Chairman Says Network Needs Radical Overhaul

QUOTE: The BBC’s chairman said Sunday that the broadcasting organization was in a “ghastly mess” as a result of its bungled coverage of a decades-old sexual abuse scandal and in need of a fundamental shake-up.

New York Times
Nov 09, 2012 Fantasyland: Denial has poisoned the GOP and threatens the rest of the country too.

QUOTE: Romney has no political heirs in his own party or elsewhere, he does leave behind a cultural legacy of sorts. He raised Truthiness to a level of chutzpah beyond Stephen Colbert’s fertile imagination, and on the grandest scale. That a presidential hopeful so cavalierly mendacious could get so close to the White House, winning some 48 percent of the popular vote, is no small accomplishment. The American weakness that Romney both apotheosized and exploited in achieving this feat—our post-fact syndrome where anyone on the public stage can make up anything and usually get away with it—won’t disappear with him. A slicker liar could have won, and still might....This year’s instantly famous declaration by the Romney pollster Neil Newhouse that “we’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers” crystallized the mantra of the entire GOP. The Republican faithful at strata both low and high, from Rush’s dittoheads to the think-tank-affiliated intellectuals, have long since stopped acknowledging any empirical evidence that disputes their insular worldview, no matter how grounded that evidence might be in (God forbid) science or any other verifiable reality, like, say, Census reports or elementary mathematics

New York Magazine
Oct 15, 2012 Do facts matter?

QUOTE: it is not clear what impact the fact checkers are having on the public at large or, nearly as important, on the politicians. They keep laying out the facts and the politicians keep stretching the truth. There is little evidence that the public is outraged by any of the revelations nor that it has any real influence on how the politicians conduct themselves...

CNN (Cable News Network)
Mar 08, 2012 Online, a Distant Conflict Soars to Topic No. 1

QUOTE: in a testament to the explosive power of social media, he managed to do so in a matter of days, baffling diplomats, academics and Ugandans who have worked assiduously on the issue for decades without anything close to the blitz of attention that Mr. Russell and his tight-knit group of activists have generated....many viewers had never heard of Mr. Kony or his murderous band of fighters until seeing the video by Mr. Russell’s group, Invisible Children, pop up in their Facebook feeds.

New York Times
Dec 06, 2011 Crystal Cox, Oregon Blogger, Isn't a Journalist, Concludes U.S. Court--Imposes $2.5 Million Judgement on Her

QUOTE: A U.S. District Court judge in Portland has drawn a line in the sand between "journalist" and "blogger." And for Crystal Cox, a woman on the latter end of that comparison, the distinction has cost her $2.5 million....was sued by investment firm Obsidian Finance Group in January for defamation, to the tune of $10 million...

Seattle Weekly
Jun 12, 2011 Shedding Hazy Light on a Midnight Ride

QUOTE: With all the revisions prompted by a modern political statement, one Wikipedia contributor asked on a discussion page whether they should consider simply erasing all the additions and returning the page to its pre-Palin state “considering that this is an article about a guy that died 200 years ago (and no new information has emerged recently) the entire flurry of recent activity can be attributed to defenders or detractors of Sarah Palin.”

New York Times
Apr 25, 2011 Why I am suing Washington City Paper

QUOTE: Simply put, this lawsuit is about the truth — and the need to correct the record, even when you are a public figure, when your character and integrity are falsely and recklessly attacked.

Washington Post
Apr 24, 2010 Jon Stewart’s Punching Bag, Fox News

QUOTE: It is true that the often-left-leaning “Daily Show” deals with a wide array of topics, but Fox is one that Mr. Stewart is overtly passionate about; he said on the show this week that he criticizes the network a lot because it is “truly a terrible, cynical, disingenuous news organization.”

New York Times
Apr 04, 2010 Debunkers of Fictions Sift the Net

QUOTE: David and Barbara Mikkelson are among those trying to clean the cesspool. The unassuming California couple run Snopes, one of the most popular fact-checking destinations on the Web. For well over a decade they have acted as arbiters in the Age of Misinformation...

New York Times
Sep 15, 2009 Cracking the Spine of Libel (The wild Side)

QUOTE: English libel laws create particular difficulties for science journalists. Science, after all, is about evaluating evidence. Science journalism, sometimes, requires pointing out when evidence is weak or absent.

New York Times
Sep 10, 2009 Ghostwriting Is Called Rife in Medical Journals

QUOTE: In the scientific literature, ghostwriting usually refers to medical writers, often sponsored by a drug or medical device company, who make major research or writing contributions to articles published under the names of academic authors. The concern... is that the work of industry-sponsored writers has the potential to introduce bias...

New York Times
Sep 05, 2009 Health Care Debate Revives Immigration Battle

QUOTE: During the summer recess, members of Congress faced persistent questions from constituents worried that health care changes could leave taxpayers footing medical bills for illegal immigrants.

New York Times
Aug 24, 2009 Journalists, Left Out of Debate: Few Americans Seem to Hear Health Care Facts (Media Notes)

QUOTE: The crackling, often angry debate over health-care reform has severely tested the media's ability to untangle a story of immense complexity.

Washington Post
Aug 24, 2009 Wikipedia to Limit Changes to Articles on People

QUOTE: Now, as the English-language version of Wikipedia has just surpassed three million articles, that freewheeling ethos is about to be curbed. Officials at the Wikimedia Foundation... say that within weeks, the English-language Wikipedia will begin imposing a layer of editorial review on articles about living people.

New York Times
Aug 22, 2009 Ridge's Telling Tale, or Just Another Tell-All?

QUOTE: There is something about the Beltway culture that seems to discourage protest resignations. Instead, the well-worn path is to collect your grievances, find a publisher, hit the talk-show circuit and recast yourself as a painfully honest critic of the administration you once saluted.

Washington Post
Aug 04, 2009 CNN Calls on Cable Operators to Block Ad Critical of Lou Dobbs (Media Decoder)

QUOTE: A commercial critiquing CNN’s Lou Dobbs is being shown on Fox News and MSNBC this week — but not CNN.

New York Times
Aug 04, 2009 Medical Papers by Ghostwriters Pushed Therapy

QUOTE: Newly unveiled court documents show that ghostwriters paid by a pharmaceutical company played a major role in producing 26 scientific papers backing the use of hormone replacement therapy in women, suggesting that the level of hidden industry influence on medical literature is broader than previously known.

New York Times
Jul 30, 2009 The Huffington Post is crazy about your health: Why bogus treatments and crackpot medical theories dominate "The Internet Newspaper" (Vital Signs)

QUOTE: Practically since its inception in 2005, the [Huffington] Post's health coverage has been the subject of scrutiny and criticism from physicians and medical experts.

Jul 29, 2009 Should you trust health advice from the web?

QUOTE: a growing body of evidence suggests that much online health information is unreliable.

New Scientist
Jul 29, 2009 Unpopular Science

QUOTE: The problem with the decline of science journalism is not just that there is less attention overall to science; it's that the remaining science coverage is less illuminating. Instead, it indulges in a variety of journalistic pathologies that thwart an improved public understanding of science.

Jul 28, 2009 A Rorschach Cheat Sheet on Wikipedia?

QUOTE: in the last few months, the online encyclopedia Wikipedia has been engulfed in a furious debate involving psychologists who are angry that the 10 original Rorschach plates are reproduced online, along with common responses for each. For them, the Wikipedia page is the equivalent of posting an answer sheet to next year’s SAT.

New York Times
Jul 16, 2009 A Hollywood Blogger Feared by Executives

QUOTE: In the three years since she [Nikki Finke] started Deadline Hollywood Daily, a daily blog about the entertainment business, her combination of old-school skills — she is a relentless reporter — and new-media immediacy has made her a must-click look into the ragingly insecure id of Hollywood.

New York Times
Jul 15, 2009 Why some Israeli soldiers are disillusioned by Gaza tactics

QUOTE: Israeli combatants in the Gaza war against Hamas were told by commanders to minimize their own casualties even if it meant risking the lives of Palestinian civilians, a group of Israeli soldiers have alleged.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 13, 2009 Chasing Terrorists (and TV Ratings)

QUOTE: the cooperation between the former intelligence officers and NBC News — that has raised red flags among a number of veteran journalists, including some within NBC. They say they find it troubling that “The Wanted” blurs the boundaries between government agents and supposedly impartial journalists.

New York Times
Jul 12, 2009 How the Media Wrestle With the Web (Link by Link)

QUOTE: In short, where it involved describing the Neda video or repeating what was being reported from Tehran via blogs or Twitter, traditional news outlets were willing to recognize that what was appearing online was newsworthy — if only for the reactions it was causing among the public in Iran and abroad.

New York Times
Jun 26, 2009 Farrah's Fictions: What stories like Fawcett's can teach us about cancer.

QUOTE: Diagnoses of cancer routinely generate periods of what we might call "ritualized optimism." This phenomenon is especially true when the patients in question are celebrities. ...such optimistic statements may be profoundly misleading to the public and, of more concern, to patients with the same or similar diseases.

Jun 17, 2009 Immigration Debate Tied to Rise in Hate Crimes

QUOTE: U.S. civil rights leaders said yesterday that an increase in hate crimes committed in recent years against Hispanics... "correlates closely" to the nation's increasingly contentious debate over immigration.

Washington Post
Jun 06, 2009 Ping: Get the Tech Scuttlebutt! (It Might Even Be True.)

QUOTE: That drive to compete with the so-called mainstream media is what’s behind his strategy. He doesn’t have the luxury of a large staff to confirm everything, so he competes where he has the advantage. “Getting it right is expensive,” he says. “Getting it first is cheap.”

New York Times
May 15, 2009 Oprah's bad medicine: Given her influence, it's a shame the TV star offers unbalanced health and medical advice.

QUOTE: It's not the first time Winfrey's advice on health issues has raised concern. In the past, the media mogul has been criticized for promoting cosmetic therapies that were untested and later deemed dangerous.

Mar 01, 2009 Is the Press Misreporting the Environment Story? ( Going Green)

QUOTE: that complexity [of global climate change] poses a unique challenge for the media, one that in its increasingly decimated state it may be ill-equipped to meet

Time Magazine
Sep 12, 2008 Palin admits truth on Bridge to Nowhere

QUOTE: What Palin said during the interview was actually the truth about what happened to end the Bridge to Nowhere. (Though, of course, she didn't acknowledge that there was a wide discrepancy between the truth and the story she's been telling voters.) As my colleague Mike Madden has ably documented in this space before, what Palin "killed" was a dead bridge.

Aug 08, 2008 Dirty Politics in the Internet Age

QUOTE: Hence, the Net can be used to create a smear campaign and augment a questionable series of more formal assertions like the Swift Boat campaign used against John Kerry. This can be done by the public at large, and neither party really has an advantage. The key to success in the upcoming election will be home-brewed dirty tricks—all played out on the Internet.

PC Magazine
May 29, 2008 Ex-Aide Turns Critic; Chorus Strikes Back

QUOTE: As news of Mr. McClellan’s new tell-all book — in which he calls the war in Iraq a “strategic blunder” and accuses Mr. Bush of engaging in “self-deception” — dominated the airwaves, the White House and a tight-knit group of former aides pushed back. They sought to paint the former press secretary as a disgruntled man trying to redeem his own reputation after long remaining silent about concerns he is suddenly taking public.

New York Times
Feb 04, 2008 Private Schools Cry ‘Unfair’ Over a Grade

QUOTE: The [New York] Sun...published a front-page article on Thursday in which it assigned letter grades to the city’s elite private schools...The paper said that its sole criteria were “the school’s net assets and the number of students it sends to Harvard.”

New York Times
Nov 02, 2007 That Love Letter to Vick? We Take It All Back

QUOTE: Four years ago, Atlanta Magazine published a glowing profile of the Falcons’ star quarterback, Michael Vick, who is now suspended from the N.F.L. and awaiting sentencing on federal charges stemming from an illegal dogfighting ring, among other legal problems....Lots of publications will run a correction when they get something wrong, or publish a fresh article when events overtake what they have said on a subject. But it’s a rare day when a magazine will rip its own coverage to shreds this way.

New York Times
Oct 22, 2007 Crass public discourse: Time to push back? The impending return of Don Imus to the airwaves comes as some see a desire for moderation.

QUOTE: Now, some experts suggest that the level of the nation's discourse has sunk to a new low, and there's a growing push-back from both the grass roots as well as some in the media – a demand for a more civilized way of conversing publicly. Others aren't so sure a push-back is under way, but say that the more the hard-edged, crass aspects of the media are discussed, the better it will be for the nation – ultimately helping to moderate the tone of public discourse.

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 30, 2007 For Idaho Paper And Reporter, Craig Story Posed a Moral Dilemma

QUOTE: The kind of dilemma facing the Statesman has played out repeatedly in recent years as news organizations have grappled with secondhand accounts about political figures and questionable sexual conduct.

Washington Post
Aug 14, 2007 See Who's Editing Wikipedia - Diebold, the CIA, a Campaign

QUOTE: On November 17th, 2005, an anonymous Wikipedia user deleted 15 paragraphs from an article on e-voting machine-vendor Diebold....the changes came from an IP address reserved for the corporate offices of Diebold itself. And it is far from an isolated case. A new data-mining service launched Monday traces millions of Wikipedia entries to their corporate sources, and for the first time puts comprehensive data behind longstanding suspicions of manipulation...

Jul 06, 2007 Lying in the Name of Truth: When Is It Justified for Journalists?

QUOTE: It's one of the age-old debates in journalism circles. Can a journalist tell a lie to reveal the bad behavior of others? Or, put another way, when might a journalist obscure the truth of his identity in pursuit of the truth on a story?

Poynter Online
Sep 24, 2006 An Investigative Target? A Subject? A Fine Line.

QUOTE: distinctions in a federal criminal manual between a "target," someone the Justice Department has decided to seek charges against, and a "subject," someone under investigation who could be upgraded to a target, are largely meaningless in a practical sense.

Washington Post
Sep 13, 2006 History by miniseries: Too fast, too loose? ABC's 'Path to 9/11' ignited a furor over political meddling – and how it will play in an election season.

QUOTE: The controversy over "Path" boiled over even before its première Sunday. Several officials in the Clinton administration publicly complained that the dramatization distorted their actions to track down Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Christian Science Monitor

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