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There is nothing more sacred to the maintenance of democracy than a free press. Access to comprehensive, accurate and quality information is essential to the manifestation of Socratic citizenship - the society characterized by a civically engaged, well-informed and socially invested populace. Thus, to the degree that access to quality information is willfully or unintentionally obstructed, democracy itself is degraded. It is ironic that in the era of 24-hour cable news networks and "reality" programming, the news-to-fluff ratio and overall veracity of information has declined precipitously.
David Moon on Aaron's Law, Beth Schwartzapfel on Prison Access David Moon talks about efforts to reform the law used against Aaron Swartz. And Beth Schwartzapfel talks about journalists beyond the prison wall. Iraq War, Ten Years Later Having been wrong about Iraq almost seems like a prerequisite for being taken seriously as an establishment pundit. A look back at how media covered Iraq ten years ago.
CMW REPORT, Spring 2003 Title: “Court Ruled That Media Can Legally Lie” Author: Liane Casten ORGANIC CONSUMER ASSOCIATION, March 7, 2004 Title: “Florida Appeals Court Orders Akre-Wilson Must Pay Trial Costs for $24.3 Billion Fox Television; Couple Warns Journalists of Danger to Free Speech, Whistle Blower Protection” Author: Al Krebs Faculty Evaluator: Liz Burch, Ph.D. Student Researcher: Sara Brunner In February 2003, a Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with an assertion by FOX News that there is no rule against distorting or falsifying the news in the United States. Back in December of 1996, Jane Akre and her husband, Steve Wilson, were hired by FOX as a part of the Fox “Investigators” team at WTVT in Tampa Bay, Florida.
A photo of the wrong person, an incorrect year of marriage, a misspelled name (“Michelle,” not “Michele”), the wrong title of Dory Previn’s 1970 album “On My Way to Where” (not “On the Way to Where”), an erroneous job title (“psychotherapist,” not “psychiatrist”). A bad thing? Errors, of course, always are bad. But the corrections are good — very good. They communicate that The New York Times is trying to be accountable for its mistakes. So how many mistakes does The Times make?
The Reuters Photo Scandal A Taxonomy of Fraud A comprehensive overview of the four types of photo fraud committed by Reuters, August, 2006 The recent discovery that the Reuters news agency released a digitally manipulated photograph as an authentic image of the bombing in Beirut has drawn attention to the important topic of bias in the media. But lost in the frenzy over one particular image is an even more devastating fact: that over the last week Reuters has been caught red-handed in an astonishing variety of journalistic frauds in the photo coverage of the war in Lebanon. This page serves as an overview of the various types of hoaxes, lies and other deceptions perpetrated by Reuters in recent days, since the details of the scandal are getting overwhelmed by a torrent of shallow mainstream media coverage that can easily confuse or mislead the viewer.
In 1983, 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the U.S.
Suspicious about the origins of an article you’re reading online? A new browser extension and website, Churnalism U.S. , claims to help detect plagiarism by comparing web content to Wikipedia and a database of press releases. Churnalism was built by the Sunlight Foundation, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit that aims to make government more transparent and accountable, and Media Standards Trust, a U.K.-based nonprofit that advocates for transparency in news.