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Response to ellisonz (Reply #70)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 12:06 AM

73. That is absolutely true

it was strikingly apparent that there was no such thing as access to a reliable network.

But this gets at precisely what disturbed me so much about the reporting - there are no longer grownups in charge.

How do you not know how to present uncertainty? What ever happened to holding your powder? Why does stating things you do not know to be true in an authoritative tone have to replace stating things in a manner that accurately reflects your level of confidence in a story?

It's horseshit!!!

I'm sure it's pressure from the top, and even if I don't entirely trust them, I've always had a certain awe for people who are a shitload crazier than I am (reporting from a war zone? No thank you.).

But it's terrible. It's wrong and it's killed the profession. The reporting of that topic in no way, shape, or form needed to go down like that. YOU (CNN, etc.) decided to have a 24-hour news network. But you know what? If you weren't sure of the story at 2 am, just because it's 6am and four more hours have passed, it doesn't mean you have the story. And filling time with reports that lead in no coherent direction just means you are presenting noise.

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