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  •  Absolutely agreed about... (2+ / 0-)
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    pontechango, Dauphin

    ...being skeptical of whomever. Another thing I always taught my journalism students and rookies I hired: when you read a report, don't settle for what its executive summary says. These often fail to reflect accurately what's in the main text.

    On the other hand, because most of us can only fully fact-check a handful of things we read each day - and many of us read hundreds of things - we come to rely on those who have proved trustworthy, cautious and reliable in the past, and who have not given into hysteria, at least not too often.

    That's why I always object - at least mentally - when I hear someone say the Washington Post or Atlantic, to give just two examples, are terrible publications. Certainly, some of their reporting and analysis and editorializing are dreadful. But I always prefer to go by the byline. There are fantastic journalists out there. I've been lucky to know and work with a few personally. They work hard, they seek out experts to fill in the gaps and they do their utmost to get things right in the space they are given and the time they have to fill that space. Naturally, there are also - as in every field - the lazy, the inept, the bought-off, and the stupid.

    I refuse to accept "no can do" as a proper slogan for progressives.

    by Meteor Blades on Fri May 07, 2010 at 10:02:06 AM PDT

    •  I know. That's why I fully (0+ / 0-)

      admitted the journalist might have missed it.

      Iuris praecepta sunt haec: Honeste vivere, alterum non laedere, suum cuique tribuere. - Ulpian, Digestae 1, 3

      by Dauphin on Fri May 07, 2010 at 10:03:22 AM PDT

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