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by baldilocks

At the Amer­i­can Thinker, Ran­dall Hoven com­piled an exten­sive list of media hoax perps. A few of the fabricators/​sloppy researchers/​slanderers, etc. have paid the price for their errors. How­ever, many oth­ers – indi­vid­ual politi­cians or news agen­cies like ser­ial offender Reuters – have remained in posi­tions of promi­nence and con­tinue to influ­ence Amer­i­can pub­lic opinion.

I real­ized that I need a score­card to keep track of all the fallen jour­nal­ists, jour­nal­is­tic mis­takes and major and minor screw-​ups in the media. I couldn’t find one already made, although Wikipedia came close, so I started my own. I apol­o­gize if there is a good list already out there, but I looked and could not find.

Offenses include lying and fab­ri­cat­ing, doc­tor­ing pho­tos, pla­gia­rism, con­flicts of inter­est, falling for hoaxes, and overt bias. Some are hilar­i­ous, such as an action fig­ure doll being mis­taken for a real sol­dier. Some are silly, such as report­ing on a base­ball game watched on TV. Some are more serious.

I leave it to you to judge whether the inter­net dam­aged “journalism’s abil­ity to do its job pro­fes­sion­ally”, as Mar­vin Kalb accuses, or if the inter­net has in fact helped expose an already dam­aged “profession”.

I doubt if my list is com­pre­hen­sive, but I think it’s a good start.

Punch­line: this list was pub­lished in 2007.

We new­shounds knew about Fake News back then and much ear­lier; isn’t that why blogs became pop­u­lar?
It seems to me, how­ever, that pur­vey­ors of man­u­fac­tured news have become bolder. That’s because there is no painful con­se­quence to build­ing a house of lies — not yet.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on April 2017! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism!

baldilocks

by baldilocks

At the American Thinker, Randall Hoven compiled an extensive list of media hoax perps. A few of the fabricators/sloppy researchers/slanderers, etc. have paid the price for their errors. However, many others–individual politicians or news agencies like serial offender Reuters–have remained in positions of prominence and continue to influence American public opinion.

I realized that I need a scorecard to keep track of all the fallen journalists, journalistic mistakes and major and minor screw-ups in the media. I couldn’t find one already made, although Wikipedia came close, so I started my own. I apologize if there is a good list already out there, but I looked and could not find.

Offenses include lying and fabricating, doctoring photos, plagiarism, conflicts of interest, falling for hoaxes, and overt bias. Some are hilarious, such as an action figure doll being mistaken for a real soldier. Some are silly, such as reporting on a baseball game watched on TV. Some are more serious.

I leave it to you to judge whether the internet damaged “journalism’s ability to do its job professionally”, as Marvin Kalb accuses, or if the internet has in fact helped expose an already damaged “profession”.

I doubt if my list is comprehensive, but I think it’s a good start.

Punchline: this list was published in 2007.

We newshounds knew about Fake News back then and much earlier; isn’t that why blogs became popular?
It seems to me, however, that purveyors of manufactured news have become bolder. That’s because there is no painful consequence to building a house of lies—not yet.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on April 2017! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!

baldilocks