Saturday, March 27, 2010

Garbage Journalism

Here is a piece from McClatchy, which used to be closer to a real news source than most, which epitomizes garbage journalism. The headline includes the phrase, "Obama may make bold move," but there is not a single word in the article to justify that headline. It makes no mention of what Obama or his administration might do, bold or otherwise.

The article is a hodgepodge of paraphrases, many of them posed as quotations and not one single one of them from a named source. For all of the anonymous sources, only once is the reason for anonymity given and that is the puny "due to the sensitivity of the subject" nonsense.

That's why we call it "media" rather than a "newspaper."

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