Monday, August 20, 2007

Mainstream Media Journalism Hall of Shame

Via Dad29, from The American Thinker, a reasonably comprehensive list of shameful moments in the Mainstream Media. As the author explain:
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.
With dandy links explaining each case.

The list is in two parts.

Here is the first.

And here is the second.

One thing you will notice about the “serious” ones: virtually all serve a leftist political agenda.

Of course, the list was compiled by a conservative, and one can certainly find similar examples of misreporting from the conservative alternative media.

But as for the Mainstream Media, there is plenty of evidence here to support the author’s conclusions:
  • These offenses have been going on for years, long before the Internet. But there does seems to be a rise in the number of reported offenses in recent years. Did the number of offenses go up, or did the fraction of discovered offenses go up?
  • In a good number of these cases, the errors were caught by non-journalists, sometimes communicating over the Internet.
  • If it is “too good to be true,” or just too politically correct to be true, take it with a grain of salt - several grains, apparently, if from The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The New Republic, CNN or Reuters.
  • The Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Peace Prize just ain’t all they’re cracked up to be.
  • If this is the visible part of the iceberg, just how big is the iceberg?

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