Drudge and NY Post...Giants of journalism...

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livinliberal Posted - 4/17/2013 1:35:19 PM | show profile | flag this post

Following the Boston bombing, Drudge linked to the Post which was claiming that 12 people had been killed and that a Saudi National was being questioned as a suspect. Both completely WRONG. So much for your "librul" media complaints. How about getting basic facts straight before trying to be the first with information? I thought that was the whole point of journalism. But then, what do Drudge and Murdoch have to do with journalism?

blackedtaped Posted - 4/17/2013 3:55:11 PM | show profile | flag this post

How about CNN??

Reporting that an arrest had been made when there had been no such arrest? Being first but wrong is never a good policy.
The real question is "What does anything on cable news have to do with journalism?"

rodrustrules Posted - 4/17/2013 3:56:50 PM | show profile | flag this post

the AP was wrong too, should we shut them down?


blackedtaped Posted - 4/17/2013 4:30:02 PM | show profile | flag this post

Here is a thought, Rod..

How about confirming information before reporting it? And the fact that more than one news outlet is reporting something is not confirmation. It seems this came from a local Boston station and everyone just repeated it.

OldEditor Posted - 4/17/2013 4:44:13 PM | show profile | flag this post

I saw NBC go on the air with a special report and they were very cautious in their reporting. Didn't see CBS or ABC run with the story, not sure that they even went on the air. CNN did NOT look good this afternoon. Guess Zucker needs some competent EP's for special events.

billybobhb Posted - 4/17/2013 5:32:37 PM | show profile | flag this post


report the facts when you can be "first" with mindless innuendos and rumors. Accuracy, respect, credibility & TV journalism -- oxymorons?

rodrustrules Posted - 4/17/2013 6:23:36 PM | show profile | flag this post

blackedtaped, I wasn't defending the AP, just pointing out someone else who also had it wrong.... but thanks for the childish journalism lecture of the obvious.

although it appears no one today was more wrong than CNN:

rodrustrules Posted - 4/18/2013 2:48:27 AM | show profile | flag this post

CNN ends the day playing Blame The Sources:

"CNN had three credible sources on both local and federal levels. Based on this information we reported our findings. As soon as our sources came to us with new information we adjusted our reporting."


blackedtaped Posted - 4/18/2013 10:04:23 AM | show profile | flag this post


If that was a "childish journalism lecture of the obvious" then why did every single news outlet but one not follow that advice? Seems that maybe we need to remind all of us about this basic rule of journalism.

livinliberal Posted - 4/18/2013 12:05:14 PM | show profile | flag this post

Well, right after I made the original post...

CNN and Fox had to join the list with their false reporting of a suspect being captured. Kudos to NBC and CBS for staying out of that one. Don't know what ABC was doing...Way to go, Zucker...making CNN ever stronger. Of course, CNN and Fox also being on the outside of journalism looking in so not that much of a surprise there. Although I will give credit to Cuomo for trying to keep the reins in on the announcement, while John King was proclaiming the suspect to be a "dark skinned male"...code word for Muslim. Puleeze...King sucks. how do people like that stay employed at good paying jobs?

rodrustrules Posted - 4/19/2013 6:11:41 PM | show profile | flag this post

good piece here on "breaking news"...


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