Col Potter:  Pierce? Hunnicutt? What’s going on here?
Korean Lt Park: Your doctors attempted to sneak my prisoner out of here. Fortunately, I stopped them. [ Speaking In Korean to his men]
Capt Hunnicutt: Are we just gonna let them take her?
Potter: There’s nothing I can do.
Capt Pierce: You’re ripping her stitches!
Wounded NK Guerilla: – [ Shouts In Korean at Pierce & Hunnicutt]
Korean Lt Park: She says you’re a fool, and she curses you.
Capt Hunnicutt: Oh, she does, huh?
Korean Lt Park: I’m not lying, Captain. Look at her face.
Wounded NK Guerilla: – [ Shouting In Korean at Pierce & Hunnicutt]
Korean Lt Park: She says, ”You save lives of those who kill my people and rape my land.”
Wounded NK Guerilla: – [ Shouting In Korean at Pierce & Hunnicutt]
Korean Lt Park: ”I would kill you as I tried to kill my enemy in your hospital. As I would kill this murderer, I would gladly die if I could kill but one of you.” Now, if you have heard enough, Captain.

MASH Guerilla of my Dreams 1979

Like the NK Guerilla quoted in the MASH episode above, the followers of Isis and Radical Islamists consider all you liberal anti-Trump folks just as much an infidel as they do a Conservative Catholic Trump voter like me.

Furthermore given the chance to kill you as an individual, enslave you for sex as they do the Yadzi woman, or launch either a small scale or large scale attack on the people of San Francisco they would not only one do so but consider a successful attack against the city and it’s people killing dozens or thousands a great triumph even if every single one of the dead marched against Milo or had a #resistance hashtag on their twitter account.

That is all.

The Daily MailNew York Post, U.S. News and World Report, and the International Business Times ran stories alleging that Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch had started a club named “Fascism Forever” while in high school.

This was their only evidence:

Yes, their only evidence was an entry in the Jesuit-run Georgetown Preparatory School 1985 high school yearbook. Patterico has the details.

Of course Gorsuch had not been involved in any such club. The club never even existed. The high school yearbook entry was a prank, like thousands of high school yearbook entries all over the country.

What is astonishing about this is the only undeniable fact: None of the journalists in any of the four newspapers, nor their editors reviewing the story, thought of doing one thing – calling Georgetown Prep (telephone available at their website, see above link) and actually asking any questions on this story.

Not one.

It’s exasperating.

Look, I’ve been blogging for nearly thirteen years. My speciality is Latin America news. I never attended journalism school. My blog’s only revenue comes from the ads. Any of the four newspapers mentioned above have innumerable more resources than I.

I read dozens of articles every day in news websites. Before I post anything on my blog, I make sure the story has at least two different in-country sources in the country’s language (Spanish or Portuguese, sometimes French), preferably adding a local news video of the incident if applicable, plus an English-language article.

If I find information in a book, I verify the footnote(s).

On some stories I have contacted people in the country where the story takes place. I even have talked to eyewitnesses on a few stories.

If the story involves national security concerns, I look up Congressional committee reports and include the link.

Except for the time I invest on a post, the information is available for free. You need to have good research skills, but  you must verify all information.

If you make a mistake (which happens to everybody), it behooves you to post the correction prominently in the original post.

Unless you don’t mind posting rumors and casting unfounded aspersions, that is.

By now, is it unreasonable to assume that the media is operating in bad faith and to not believe what they print? What effect will that have on American civil society?

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz posts on U.S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog.