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Tue Dec 11, 2012, 12:08 AM

Time Gives Up on Factchecking: Corporate Media Can't Find a Way to Tell the Truth

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--by Peter Hart, originally published in FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting)

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Instead Time told a more familiar story, one in which both major parties commit comparable “factual recklessness,” because accuracy—and reality—are less important than the appearance of evenhandedness. In the article, and a subsequent response to critics, the magazine essentially waved the white flag in the journalistic war against political deception.

The cover story by Michael Scherer kicked off with some anecdotes meant to be representative. On the one hand, Obama complained about Romney’s repeated, highly publicized claims that the White House is doing away with work requirements under welfare. This was, at certain moments, a central part of the Republican campaign strategy. Scherer correctly noted Romney’s claims were false.

But then, hewing to the idea that one must find political lying in equal measure, he pivoted to a claim from the Obama camp—a campaign strategist’s offhand remark that, if Romney had misrepresented himself to securities regulators, that would be “a felony”—“a conditional accusation, but an accusation nonetheless,” Sherer explains, and justification enough for Romney’s team to “take its turn playing truth-teller.”

The two issues, though juxtaposed, are not remotely equivalent, illustrating one of the most common problems with media factchecking: the need to always be balanced, no matter how unbalanced reality might be. The losers in the Fact Wars, ironically, are the facts themselves.


http://www.prwatch.org/news/2012/12/11900/time-gives-factchecking-corporate-media-cant-find-way-tell-truth

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Tue Dec 11, 2012, 02:33 AM

1. K&R for this important story.

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Tue Dec 11, 2012, 05:27 AM

2. False equivalence is rampant



like a doctor saying we cured your impetigo...but you have cancer

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Tue Dec 11, 2012, 08:41 AM

3. Newsweek goes away and Time remains as corporate Pravda. Is it fascism yet? n/t

 

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