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  •  Newspapers and TV fall for hoaxes all the time. (1+ / 0-)
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    smellybeast

    Look at baloon boy, for example.

    I used to work in TV news and my saying was "credibility is gained in inches and lost in miles."  Back then, TV news tried to have credibility.

    I would not hold the citizen-hournalists here to that same standard, but be aware that falling for hoaxes does make us look bad.

    "I'm just sayin... don't bring that horse in here!" -- Cassandra

    by tc59 on Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 01:37:20 PM PST

    •  Why would you not (0+ / 0-)

      hold "citizen journalists" to the same standard? Isn't the whole point of citizen journalism the fact that corporate journalism has failed in its primary mission to get the facts out to the people? So someone has to get the facts out there.

      Sure, citizen journalists don't have the resources to peruse stories that the MSM has, but basic fact-checking before you post or rec a story seems to be a very fair, and relatively low standard of responsibility, to me.  

      You deserve this frame. It was built for a dummy and it looks good on you. -- Jim Rockford

      by GrouchoKossak on Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 01:47:56 PM PST

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      •  i think I would expect it of FP diarists (0+ / 0-)

        but not every one of the thousands of diarists here.  I was also trying to not come down too hard on this diarist.  I think the lesson has been learned.

        "I'm just sayin... don't bring that horse in here!" -- Cassandra

        by tc59 on Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 08:34:29 AM PST

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    •  Yep. I was close to deleting the diary (1+ / 0-)
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      lgmcp

      because I don't want this to be used as proof that Daily Kos has "jumped the shark."  But considering the number of people who may have read this, seems better to do a retraction.

      Queer Citizen - Next generation LGBTI organizing.

      by smellybeast on Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 01:48:45 PM PST

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