My Internet was down for a few days; so that is the reason I did not talk about Der Spiegel’s little fake news scandal. Claas Relotius was an award-winning journalist; just so you know awards mean squat.
And it went on for years.
Fact-checking as some sort of fail-safe is a myth. Stephen Glass proved that years ago.
I wrote the book on journalistic fraud — and notice no one is calling me for a quote on this hot mess because it is more than obvious that I am going to say this is not an isolated incident, and that news fraud is a real and series problem happening right now.
Journalists do not want to hear it. They like to be sanctimonious and smug gas-lighters who imply that to point out their lies and propaganda makes you some sort of anti-democratic loon.
No, I am pro-democracy, pro-education, pro-information accessibility, and pro-critical thinking.
I am also pro-journalism alternative.
That was overdue about twenty years ago, but better late than never…