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(Chicago Trib)   Dear CNN, it's okay to say "We don't know"   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 10
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2013-04-18 10:05:44 AM
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The problem is, it isn't. The mass media don't care about accuracy or long term effects, they care about short-term viewership numbers.

So if you're running with 'we don't know...the situation is very fluid right now, and there are no indications that a break is coming anytime soon' and another guy pops up with 'THIS JUST IN: INTERNET RUMOR INDICATES A DARK SKINNED MALE MAY HAVE BEEN QUESTIONED IN CONNECTION WITH THE BOMBING', all your viewers are going to go to the other guy.

And since we're the nation of viewers who are so rational and critical that they have made  Jersey ShoreHere Comes Honey Boo Boo, The Real Housewives of (Location)Duck Dynasty, Buckwild, et al runaway hits, you can't rely on them to get to the other guy, see that he's full of shiat, and come back either. You have no choice but to match him, crazy for crazy. All the smart viewers will be watching PBS or listening to NPR anyway.
2013-04-18 09:51:53 AM
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Once upon a time the news worked like this:  A reporters was either assigned or discovered a potential story.  Said reporter investigated the story, reviewing facts, interviewing parties and then assembling the information into a coherent story.  Said reporter then took their story to a person called an "editor" who reviewed it, checked the veracity of the reporters information and making corrections.  That editor gave the work to their editor who repeated the process and finally the story went to the public.

Now:  "Reporter" reads some shiat on Twitter, the story goes to the public.  Repeat ad infinitum.
2013-04-18 10:41:21 AM
1 votes:

Ennuipoet: Once upon a time the news worked like this:  A reporters was either assigned or discovered a potential story.  Said reporter investigated the story, reviewing facts, interviewing parties and then assembling the information into a coherent story.  Said reporter then took their story to a person called an "editor" who reviewed it, checked the veracity of the reporters information and making corrections.  That editor gave the work to their editor who repeated the process and finally the story went to the public.

Now:  "Reporter" reads some shiat on Twitter, the story goes to the public.  Repeat ad infinitum.


Blame the viewing public. They'd rather have rumors now than facts later.

CNN is trying to compete with the internet rather than other news channels. You can't compete with the internet. You just can't. With millions of people writing "news" articles every second, you will lose every time if you tried.
2013-04-18 10:40:57 AM
1 votes:

Raider_dad: As we know,
There are known knowns.
There are things we know we know.
We also know
There are known unknowns.
That is to say
We know there are some things
We do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns,
The ones we don't know
We don't know.


That's actually a very cogent statement, as even a modicum of reflective thought would reveal.
2013-04-18 10:32:08 AM
1 votes:
Journalists and networks and politicians are only catering to a bunch of ADD-ish Americans who give two shiats about quality, reliability, trust and other long terms factors and instead want everything RIGHT farkING NOW and will do anything and sacrifice anything to get it.

Even if it's not accurate or valid in the slightest bit.

You want to know what's wrong with the media America?  Look in the mirror...they are only meeting customer demand.
2013-04-18 10:31:17 AM
1 votes:
My son had a wonderful comment last night, he said that people are afraid to say "we don't know" when they are in a position of authority, because it makes them feel inadequate, and makes their audience uneasy.

He said they should say "we don't know yet" which conveys the same info, but gives everyone a lot more confidence.
2013-04-18 10:30:42 AM
1 votes:
fark that, it's more important to say "first."
2013-04-18 10:10:31 AM
1 votes:
It's like people who ask why movie studios keep making terrible films.
The answer is, it DOESN'T MATTER that they're terrible films.  It only matters if they're PROFITABLE films.

Likewise, it doesn't matter if CNN is reporting correctly so long as they're getting ratings.
2013-04-18 09:29:45 AM
1 votes:
Their advertisers who pay the bills however, feel otherwise.

If another network gets the scoops, that's where the viewers are going to go and all the money they paid to have their stuff on CNN will go to waste.
2013-04-18 08:42:11 AM
1 votes:
They didn't know that they didn't know, that's how much they didn't know.
 
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