One-source journalism will destroy us all.
Rolling Stone ran a story that they could've debunked with a single phone call. They didn't make that phone call because they wanted it to be true and because it went viral and got clicks. And they'll keep doing it because no one will hold them accountable.
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5:01 PM · Sep 5, 2021

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Google search usually prioritizes the first version of any given story, pressuring journalists to Leeroy Jenkins garbage just-saw-a-tweet copy into "print"
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Twitter users should be discerning about what they retweet, but when it's coming from a major media publication, the big problem is not that the public retweets shocking stuff that fits their worldview
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Increasingly you have genuinely prestigious publications, the kind that do in-depth months-long investigations, also employ assembly-line hacks to churn out Aggregation Quick Hits and Trending-On-Twitter-Zero-Phone-Call stories. It's credibility laundering for garbage news.
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In that sense, it is the opposite of the Stephen Glass scandal and the Rolling Stone UVA debacle -- those, in their own twisted ways, were about an excess of ambition, this is about a soul-sucking absence of it.
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One source to fool them all, one source to deceive them. One source to funnel the clicks, and in the darkness convert them.
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I'm reminded of Negativland being the sole source for the news story that their music was responsible for a murder. imperium.lenin.ru/LENIN/32/C…
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It seems like it snowballed from a local TV news report which is not at all to excuse RS’s failure to check, but just to suggest that the destruction of local news has fucked with the foundations of the entire edifice
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Aggregation without additional reporting is bad too!
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Correct. Traffic flow to the site is all that matters now because somewhere along the way, newsrooms just like hospitals; it became more about money and less about initial purpose.
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Replying to @danielwinlander
Something I'm noticing is that outrage-dopamine-hits are becoming as much an American Treaty Treat as any material consumer product. I have beyond no sympathy for people pussyfooting around getting an easily accessible vaccine and instead eating paste but this is also...not good.
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