Archive for September, 2012

Privacy is one thing, but falsehood also threatens media reputation

September 17th, 2012 No comments

The fuss over the long-lens topless pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge re-stokes the smouldering fire over privacy and the press. But in the US a more simple, and equally shocking, issue is over the simplicity of facts, whether they are used in public discourse, and the responsibility of the media in reporting and repeating assertions which are obviously inaccurate or dubious. This piece from the New York Times discusses, in part, the astonishing casualness with which some parties in the current US election campaign are treating facts. That’s a topic worth returning to – in particular the euphemism of ‘misleading’ when applied to statements which also fulfil the description of falsehoods! The old journalistic saw of ‘balance’ is also tossed around.

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