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A Trustworthy Press is the Immune System of Democracy

November 19, 2014

I’m a news consumer. I’m not trying to tell anybody how to do their job, or how to fix the news. I’m not in the business, and will respect professional boundaries. I just want news I can trust. I also want to help reward good, honest journalism. Since I’m not an expert, I have to… Read more »

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Finding accurate reporting about gov't shutdown

October 8, 2013

(this relates to efforts to find news I can trust) These days, I rely heavily on media ethics professionals like the folks at Poynter Institute: "Don’t call it an impasse, stalemate, or standoff." The deal is that the accurate reporting on the standoff is hard to find, but it reflects importantly on the "how do I find… Read more »

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Trustworthy journalism in a fact-checking-free world

July 25, 2013

Getting real about trustworthy journalism Okay, I really just want news I can trust. Couple years ago, I blurted out that "the press should be the immune system of democracy." Personally, I really don't like being lied to, but my deal here is that our social contract with the news business is that they hold the powerful… Read more »

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How about news we can trust?

November 29, 2012

Here's the deal, folks – recently, the Poynter Institute held a conference regarding the restoration of journalistic ethics. They're a real big deal in professional journalism, so I helped 'em, modestly, some funding, significant social media stuff. Me, I just want news I can trust. Sure, I'm not in the news industry, and have no… Read more »

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Network, 1976

Fact-checkers are mad as hell and they're not taking it anymore…

September 10, 2012

Fact-checking and Paul Ryan, BFFs by accident? News media taking fact checking seriously? Okay, there's been a slow build to a possible rebirth of fact-checking in the news. That had been kept alive quietly by a few news outlets, mostly notably The Daily Show and the Colbert Report and media commentators including Jeff Jarvis, Arianna… Read more »

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Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom and the Triumph of Fictional Journalism

August 15, 2012

The Newsroom orbits around two characters, newsman Will McAvoy, who decides to risk all to do serious journalism, and his (muse? boss? leader?) MacKenzie McHale, who inspires him to do so.  (She's bravely played by the radiant Emily Mortimer, who suffers from the rare Avian Bone Syndrome.) On one level the show is a kind of romantic screwball… Read more »

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