In general, do you believe journalists? Why and why not?
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You make a good point, Larry. I guess I shouldn't put all journalists in the same bag. I have a close relative who was a journalist with a nice following. There are some, like my relative and people like you, who I would trust what they report.
Thank you. A good journalist values his reputation more than he does his byline. Reporting the news fairly and accurately gives you a fantastic feeling of accomplishment.
I guess your journalism was of the variety that helped rather than hindered. The other issue are editors and what they find palatable. Also, what kind of journalism - science journalists are generally known to not really understand the hard science.
This is indeed a very interesting point Mr Wall. Thank you for this! =)
Electro-Denizen--some journalists have background in various sciences. I did not. Thus my job was to have the source explain and explain again what he was saying until I could get him to put his comments in words that everyone could understand.
This is great! Many thanks =) I too agree pretty much everything
People have to learn to filter what they hear just like they filter the stories their children tell and the office gossip. There is usually an element of truth--it is up to the reader or viewer to follow the natural and logical course.
Do you really think that is possible? Another thing, '...check facts and formulate your own opinions' does that also indicates bias? hmm..
Of course I think it's possible. It's also simple.
There may be a million wrong sources and only one right one, but if you dig deep enough you'll find the right one. There is bias everywhere, don't allow your own bias to effect research.
Checking facts and keeping them separate from opinions is important. Sometimes presenting the facts will be viewed as an opinion depending on the source. Often that indicates a bias of the reader and not the journalist..