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.
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