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Why doesn't the public trust the media
Posted - 4/17/2013 4:28:18 PM | show profile | flag this post
Today's a good example of why.
As long as we fear not being first on a story more than we fear not being right on a story...this will continue to happen.
Posted - 4/17/2013 5:01:58 PM | show profile | flag this post
we went tabloid the day o.j. climbed into that bronco..
it's been downhill ever since..
get it first.. then MAYBE go back and correct it later..or not..
don'cha just LOVE the "24-hour news cycle"??..
Posted - 4/17/2013 6:04:07 PM | show profile | flag this post
Well said, VTexan
Could not agree more.
Posted - 4/17/2013 8:38:03 PM | show profile | flag this post
Yep, not CNN's shining hour.
And I agree that the '24' news cycle is mostly to blame. Those without cable or the internet (and they're still out there) like us growing up...we never would have heard about any of that until the nightly news or the next paper came out.
The "...with it comes great responsibility" line comes to mind.
Posted - 4/17/2013 8:56:18 PM | show profile | flag this post
UPDATE: Ricin Arrest made
At least I didn't see any news outlets (just a few wingnut bloggers) make any connection between the "Ricin Letters" and Boston.
When I saw this idiot signed his letters "I am KC and I approve this message."--that didn't sound like a Koran passage to me.
I understand getting mad at Government..but Jeez buddy.
Posted - 4/17/2013 9:53:55 PM | show profile | flag this post
Glad you started this thread, Vtex
I've been spitting nails about this since yesterday. Why the hell can't we get this story right? It's Sandy Hook all over again!
In this case, "they have 'a person of interest' in a hospital." "oh.. no, guess they don't," "Oh, yes, they do (says a senior CBS correspondent,) "Then CNN says "the FBI is denying they have a suspect at the hospital" only to throw to a correspondent at the hospital who says "they do have a suspect!!!" "Then today, "They've arrested a suspect.," "Oops, sorry, no they haven't."
It is so clear to me that reporters, including some who used to be quite good, are now reporting GOSSIP. They're hearing it on other stations or websites and making "whoever's" sources their own, because "God knows, we can't afford not to have the same information everyone else has!" Well, you know what, YES WE CAN! We can afford to stop acting like sheep and blurting out what "might be" true. What we can't afford is to keep losing credibility with the public. This crap is killing us.
Is anyone even trying for two sources anymore? And I don't mean using the competition as a source. Our people are under orders to be very careful with "sources" during a fast-moving story and, for God sake's, attribute, attribute, attribute! (i.e. "two highly placed law enforcement sources.....")
The "every second of every day" news cycle is turning once good journalists into sloppy mic-stands. I won't even touch what it's doing to the the newbies.
Look, change has to come from the top. Stop the insane pressure on employees to be first. It's not going make a good goddamn if you've got it wrong. Get is last and get it right!
Thanks for listening.
Posted - 4/17/2013 10:50:01 PM | show profile | flag this post
stopbs; Also well put
We're obviously all in agreement here. Things have gotten way out of hand. It got so bad this afternoon, the race was on to see 'who was going to be the first to--wait for it--to get on the air with the correction to the CNN story...WTF?
Granted, this is not exactly a brand new phenom (Doesn't anyone here remember the legendary Frank Reynolds blowup over 30 years ago?? "Let's get it NAILED DOWN...somebody...let's find out! Let's get it straight so we can report this thing accurately!")
But 24hr cable has definitely made this problem worse. IMO
Posted - 4/17/2013 11:05:38 PM | show profile | flag this post
don't any of you hold your breath..
what we used to call responsible journalism died long ago..
it's all about speculation and airtime now.. keep the story alive by whatever means..and above all, look REALLY cute and handsome on air..
that's MUCH more important than getting it right.. get it first..even if it's dead wrong..
Posted - 4/18/2013 7:12:11 AM | show profile | flag this post
Courtesy Borowitz of the NYT:
BOSTON (The Borowitz Report)—Authorities who have spent the past forty-eight hours combing CNN in the hopes of finding any information whatsoever have called off their search, they confirmed today.
“After monitoring every minute of CNN’s broadcast since Monday, we have found hearsay, rumors, falsehoods, and a steady stream of inane commentary,” one authority said. “Everything but information.”
The announcement was the second black eye today for CNN, which earlier in the afternoon recanted all of its reporting dating back to mid-2009.
Newly installed CNN chief Jeff Zucker acknowledged that the network had experienced “a rough patch” since he took over earlier this year, but added, “At least no one was watching.”
Posted - 4/18/2013 9:40:11 AM | show profile | flag this post
you nailed it. Wednesday was a cluster*** for CNN and the rest of journalism was collateral damage.
Get it first, get it right. THEN get it on air.
Posted - 4/18/2013 9:55:28 AM | show profile | flag this post
anyone want to guess ...
... Nielson minute by minute turnaround (esp. once the CNN "breaking" hit twitter)?
... what matters most these days: getting it right or getting it paid?
The only info that counts in newsrooms these days are the short-term numbers: overnights, a-block/b-block loss, ... (and execs keep wondering why they decline in the long run...)
Posted - 4/18/2013 11:07:33 AM | show profile | flag this post
I don't know whether you guys were following the misinformation as it unfolded, but it was put out as a bulletin and corrected within about three minutes on non-CNN outlets as "conflicting reports." I was listening as it happened.
Posted - 4/18/2013 11:08:22 AM | show profile | flag this post
BTW, I don't consider CNN to be the only outlet worth watching, or the big-daddy pacesetter of them all.
Posted - 4/18/2013 12:03:48 PM | show profile | flag this post
neither do i, but i watch because i can be sorta confident..
i'm not going to get a political harangue from "anchors" from either the wide right or wide left of the spectrum..
they play it as straight down the middle as they can..
and there are people on air you just instinctively trust..
like marty savidge..
do they screw up? hell, yes.. so does everyone..but it seems no one much cares about that anymore..
Posted - 4/18/2013 12:10:30 PM | show profile | flag this post
CNN's live shot...
Consisted of four people who would go between talking and checking their cell phones. I think too many media people are relying on Twitter for everything and actually start to believe all the tweets. I don't even use twitter because it's just the same crap on the Internet only faster. The more I hear reporters who say they rely on it the less cred I give them.
Posted - 4/18/2013 12:43:55 PM | show profile | flag this post
Well then, we all seem to agree
I suspect we'll also agree that this Houston Chronicle cartoon pretty well nails it, too.
Posted - 4/18/2013 1:13:16 PM | show profile | flag this post
As screwed up as CNN's coverage was...
at least they aren't the New York Post.