The New Yorker has a naive piece on the Der Spiegel scandal where they let one reporter use leftie fantasy tropes and sophistry, folksy details, as he charmed the staff, knew how to outwit fact-checkers, and slathered his stories with no facts, just lots of colour and eccentric characters.
And then have the shallow twits have the nerve to talk about “deep psychology.”
No, you’re too stupid to know about “deep psychology.”
This is a replay of Stephen Glass and the New Republic.
In other words, Der Spiegel doesn’t do anything differently than any other news magazine.
They just got caught because someone in their magazine started to get suspicious.
Someone who was younger and less established — the same way Glass finally got exposed.
And nothing ever changes. Even the New Yorker is doing the same things in its telling of the scandal.
I wrote books on this problem — and even in the New Yorker piece, they are still playing partisan games, by trying to spin the idea of being upset over fake news as being some sort of Right-wing/Fascist/Trump Supporter lie.
And it isn’t.
If you are not perturbed by the amount of lies and errors being churned out in news products, then there is something seriously wrong with you.
You cannot distance yourself or try to downplay the number of scandals of deceit journalism has faced over the decades.
Fake news is a real problem. It is a real problem in mainstream Western journalism. There are no government bodies or quality control requirements or standards. The very fact that this reporter felt compelled to put some sort of qualifier in a bid to discount the “fake news” label makes this piece less than credible.
Just because you look down on people who are criticizing you doesn’t make you right or them wrong.
It is no different than the National Post always looking down on women who say that men in power sexually harassed and assault them — and then are upset because their criticisms are dismissed.
Do you not think those women aren’t a little peeved — and have merit to their arguments?
And their detractors are always trying to dismiss as being nutty and slutty?
That is the reason we cannot trust journalists reporting on their own sins and atrocities.
Because they see only their enemies’ bad habits — never their own…