Monday, September 19, 2005

Another MSM Correction We Would Never Have Seen Without The Blogosphere's Involvement

I wonder how many more Katrina stories there are like this one that an eager MSM grabbed and ran with-- and got terribly wrong?

I wonder how many of these stories went unchallenged, uncorrected, or both over the decades before the internet allowed close scrutiny of old media's stories?

I wonder how many times Jonathan Klein has wished he had not made that dismissive comment about people, blogging in their pajamas, who do not live up to the supposedly rigorous standards under which old media journalists must operate?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trying to download some video to examine from the website Second Draft  I was struck by how the hours-long wait underscored the problem most of us face in evaluating the news stories that are daily presented to us. How do we BEGIN the task of confirming ANY single news item, much less the totality of our news sources? I have a reasonably advanced computer, but I just can't justify a high-speed connection, which severely restricts the mass of data I can download, regardless of the computer's ability to process. This is true for most folks, even as dramatically as online technologies have changed.

Americans can see through a great deal of politically-slanted pontificating to grasp in the fullness of time the underlying truth. (Look how many who blasted Bush for Katrina are reversing field and now grudgingly admitting that much good was done.) But their sympathy depends a great deal on having a trust that they are being given the chance to actually see something that is true, not staged, not fabricated, not faked. That trust is not inexhaustible. It is squandered by sneering, arrogant News Reader Celebrities attempting to fob off lies as truth. 

Posted by The Mad Fiddler

Monday, September 19, 2005 10:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Fiddler: Well said. 

Posted by The Hedgehog

Tuesday, September 20, 2005 6:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Years ago, I used to fish with a kid that accidentaly lost my fish when netting them - the bigger the fish the more likely the accident!

I learned to avoid fishing with him the way I learned to not believe anything the MSM puts out - just too damned many accidental mistakes! 

Posted by DL

Friday, September 23, 2005 6:08:00 AM  
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