What action should journalists and the outlets that employ them take when journalists tell incorrect or faulty stories? Like in the recent case of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, who falsely recounted a story about reporting from Iraq in 2003. How should institutions and journalists react when this kind of thing occurs? Let's avoid deciding BW's future for him in our discussion.
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The time constraints on stories are a problem, often making it very hard to tell a story. But viewers simply won't stay interested in a story if it goes on longer than a couple minutes. Unless, of course, we're talking documentary reporting.
I know I get that. To some extent I blame M television. Documentary reporting is great. Unfortunately really dumb reality shows have taken over the spots that should go to it.
Nowadays, what we see and hear on the news may not be the whole truth.Intentionally or not, People lie in public all the time, reporters, politicians, judges, lawyers,etc. We the viewers have to decide what's real, and not go by what they tell us.
Ah! Playing devil's advocate. Stories that are not well researched are actually the norm.
"Not well researched" is one part of being faulty.
I disagree, Robert. There's an expectation in the industry that things be done right. It's not always the best stories, in fact it's often not. But getting something wrong is a reporter's worst nightmare.
It is a good thing JPac1 that it should be a reporter's worse nightmare. But if the source is wrong, maybe on purpose, then the report will be totally wrong unless other sources are involved. Hence research.
Rod, that's why more than one source is always needed, and cross-referencing information is a must. Journalism basics. When reporters don't follow those simple guidelines, it's always sad.
I agree JPac1. But shrinking funds and time limitations to get a story in can result in less and less cross-referencing. And yes it is sad.
The car accident that claims the life of a 3-year-old girl Allison Liao was misrepresented by the media initially. The truth was uncovered a year later when a video footage indicates the driver of a SUV was at fault, not the dead little girl, sad.