Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Media do not check for false reporting

Deltoid shows us yet another example of the myriad of articles in the media that lack any fact-checking. The Washington Post dutifully, and uncritically, lets Sarah Palin spout erroneous statements without any caveats. That is: they fail to tell us Mrs. Palin has no idea what she is talking about eventhough their own article on climategate clearly contradicts her words. But hey, a journalist has to be objective and present both sides.

In light of that I am utterly not-surprised by what Library Grape discovered.

Update. Of course, Glenn is pointing out the same intellectual deficiency in the media.

Update II. Island of Doubt remarks:
Alan I. Leshner, chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and executive publisher of the journal Science, in an op-ed published in today's Washington Post, excoriates Sarah Palin for her illterate essay, published earlier this week, on the topic of climate change. (Amended citation slightly for style, PNN)
Why is that people like Leshner should be compelled to respond to people like Palin, when the latter is clearly not in a position to offer informed observations?
It must be the widespread notion that anybody is entitled to his opinion, and every opinion has to be treated as if qualifications, or lack thereof, on the topic in no way influence the validity of such an opinion.

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