Saturday, January 19, 2019

Wishful Thinking Journalism

Alan Dershowitz: BuzzFeed report (and Mueller rebuke) a vivid example of “Get Trump” media mindset
Excerpt: The American people are the real victims of “wishful thinking” journalism – the reporting of items journalists wish were true rather than items that pass journalistic standards. The public has no way of discerning good reporting from wishful reporting, particularly when the reporting is based on unidentified sources. The worst offenders are the so-called expert commentators who pollute the media with unfounded and biased speculation based on partisan agendas rather than real expertise and experience. The media should have standards – based on proven track records of accuracy – that their commentators must satisfy before they can opine or predict.

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