AND a lot of news articles lack basic research.
For the *few* NY Times articles I am able to view (I get linked to/receive), I have to fact-check the information myself because the journalists writing the articles don't do it at all. They interview and quote people with agendas (everyone has an agenda, this is basic reporting 101), but they don't check the person's background, their history, or even fact-check the stats quoted (which can often be easily and reputably disproved).
So you end up getting articles about how defunding police has been horrible for crime in a city while the city's crime stats are actually down and the police haven't even been defunded. The budgets are public, why wouldn't you fact-check this one crucial detail in your article? And why are you quoting a former cop, a cop lawyer, a member of the police union, and not including a single rebuttal?
I don't have a journalism degree, but if I turned in this garbage at uni, I'd fail off the bat.
This means that for every piece of news I receive, I have to invest 15-45 minutes on my own fact-checking and doing the journalist's job, not that it really matters because the misinformation has spread like wildfire on social media anyway.
And you have news outlets tweeting their own articles that they haven't read, or putting spins on news that shouldn't need a spin during a pandemic that contributes to misinformation.
For example, everyone on my timeline shared a tweet from NBC about a COVID outbreak at a hospital, and the content of the tweet *completely* ignored the content of the actual fucking article it linked to.
This means we can't even trust a news outlet's official account to get their own reported facts right????
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