Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The National Media

The Christian Science Monitor has a story about the media coverage of the Jena 6. I haven't really followed the story that closely because honestly I never had any faith that the national media was getting it right. The thing I found interesting about the Monitor story, though, is this line:
In fact, I have never before witnessed such a disgrace in professional journalism.
I wonder if it occurred to the author that maybe the reason is that it's the first time he's been personally involved in a story that made it to the national media. Katrina was known to be a media disaster. Every piece of technical information in my field I've ever seen reported by the national media has been wrong. A friend of mine who is a lawyer said he sees the same.

If the media gets it wrong whenever you intimately know the facts, why do you assume they get it right when you don't?

1 comment:

Catherine said...

Speaking of national media, what do you take of this guy supposedly "levitating" on the lawn in front of the White House? It got media coverage on Yahoo news. I don't really care about the news coverage, I just want to know how he does it. I'm sure it isn't really levitating and I think there is something under his rug, but how do you think he balances like that on just that one pole?

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,22634574-5005962,00.html?from=public_rss