Archive for March 11, 2014

WHILE GETTING IT FAST AND GETTING IT FIRST PLEASE GET IT RIGHT

I’m sure I’m not the only news junkie that has become aware of a growing trend, especially in the local news broadcasts.  The rush to report breaking news well before all the relevant facts are known.  The source does not matter nor are the facts checked.  This may be a major assumption on my part, but I have seen a story reported and 12 to24 hours later, when the story is reported again, the first set of facts are at odds with the well-developed story.  The news is becoming a victim of the growing rapidity of technology.

In the past, and I mean maybe thirty years ago, news events were reported in the most recent edition of newspapers or the latest scheduled broadcast.  If there was a break in programming, what was reported was what was verifiable.

Today, with the vast majority of us plugged into the electronic grid of information, hardly anything goes by without someone recording it.  Images are captured by the ever-present cell phone.  But pictures do not necessarily reveal facts.  The need to get it fast has replaced the need to get it right.

March 11, 2014 at 5:38 pm Leave a comment


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