[LMB] OT: media accuracy was: Racial disparities in policing

Jelbelser jelbelser at comcast.net
Wed Dec 11 02:44:03 GMT 2019

> On Dec 10, 2019, at 12:29 PM, anmar Caver <anmar.mirza at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 10, 2019 at 1:16 PM Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com> wrote:
>> The US news media *cannot be trusted* on any subject where its personnel
>> have a huge personal emotional investment.  They will distort stories,
>> suppress relevant facts, downplay or play up stories according to their
>> biases, and do their utmost to manipulate their readers into accepting
>> their worldview.
> I have major issues with media. In my role as cave rescue dude, I
> frequently am a media contact and what the Thai rescue last year taught me
> (144 media contacts in 2 week) was that the only media I could trust that
> they would not twist what I was saying was the live broadcast. I've done
> hundreds of interviews over the years with most of them taped or for print,
> and invariably the end result did not resemble anything I was trying to
> say. Print media would get the story wrong even when I would provide them
> with a written fact sheet. Taped broadcast would take whatever I said out
> of context and twist it around to be the most sensational, regardless of
> accuracy.

Those few times in my life (going back to the late 1960’s) when I had first-hand knowledge of a situation reported in the news, it was NEVER accurate. There was ALWAYS a bias toward describing the situation as worse than it was or more controversial.

Janet in TN

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