My expertise happens to be journalism fraud, and I have written books on journalistic deception, and now the Houston Chronicle admits one of their reporters — Mike Ward — fabricated sources, which means the news was fake.
They apologized to readers for the eight instances the paper uncovered, big fucking deal.
This is not an isolated incident.
This is so not an isolated incident.
It is regular enough for me to write an entire book on it — and I could write more books on it — and I am someone who crams in as many examples as I can.
When I went to publishers in the early aughts with this idea, they dismissed me, telling me things like that didn’t happen in journalism, despite all of the case studies I outlined.
I have gone to universities with the proposal, they too got uppity and said it wasn’t a problem.
The hell it isn’t.
Why do you think journalists are screaming at Donald Trump?
Because the truth hurts, and they are trying to deflect attention away from their sins.
Journalism fraud is a serious problem. There are no checks or balances to deal with it.
As in, zero.
And how many of you get worked up based on garbage you hear?
How do you know it’s true?
You don’t, and that shouldn’t seriously concern you…