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CBS Anchor: 'We Are Getting Big Stories Wrong, Over and Over Again'
"Our house is on fire," said Pelley. The video of Pelley's speech is courtesy of nowthisnews.com.
"These have been a bad few months for journalism," he added. "We're getting the big stories wrong, over and over again."
The CBS newsreader was quick to take at least partial blame. "Let me take the first arrow: During our coverage of Newtown, I sat on my set and I reported that Nancy Lanza was a teacher at the school. And that her son had attacked her classroom . . . but it was dead wrong. Now, I was the managing editor, I made the decision to go ahead with that and I did, and that's what I said, and I was absolutely wrong. So let me just take the first arrow here."...
Ah, 1517, this is what I meant in part of what I said by slanting. To see in this one area where the News Media slants stories for the Middle East, check out the website, CAMERA. News media of course slant other types of articles as well.
No doubt this detective would have made a fine Newspaper editor, (Oh this was written by a newspaper man. ) The Stolen White Elephant.
I found an interesting commentary, but I'll just mention one that I remember but couldn't find. The article credited a lot of sloppy reporting to Internet news sites which t.v. networks etc. have to compete with. There is such a drive to get a story on the air, there is a poor checking of sources. For example some of you probably remember this? The Pressure to Be the TV News Leader Tarnishes a Big Brand, which is a good article to look over. To my surprise, at least in some towns which still have newspapers--will perhaps only one--the atmosphere can be more laid-back. Whatever Happened to Competition?, This article recognized the Internet as a wildcard when it was written, and it isn't a wild card anymore, as the first article points out.
I still think besides accuracy of the material facts of a story, there has been slanting of stories --left and right-- which can make resulting stories also highly inaccurate. Something these two commentaries don't cover.