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3 Ways To Tell A REAL Journalist From A FAKE One


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I asked myself today "What 3 core traits distinguish a real journalist from a corporate PR cowboy?".

 

This list can be expanded of course:

 

1 - A real journalist does not see himself/herself as being above the public, separate from the public, or in a class superior to the public.

 

A real journalist will see him/herself as a member of the greater public and will try hard to stay in touch with regular members of the public rather than writing stupid fairy tales from a glitzy press office while having essentially no contact with the "lower classes".

 

2 - A real journalist is professionally paranoid about power and authority, about what any new development may mean for the future of the greater public, will always question decisions handed down from the top, and will not dismiss, ignore or gloss over new developments, nor ever adopt a "lets wait and see" attitude on new developments.

 

To give a practical example, a real journalist will neither ignore the negative aspects of a development like all-digital cash/CDBCs, nor gloss over the fact that the formulas for various Covid vaccines still have not been made public, nor dismiss perfectly plausible conspiracy theories as "crazy talk from the internet". He or she will instead thoroughly investigate any and all leads of this nature.

 

3 - A real journalist will criticize POWER rather than the weaker PUBLIC, will ask tough questions no matter who is sitting in the opposite chair, will dig deep into scandals and murky behaviour, and will never fawn over powerful figures like Billionaires or Heads of State.

 

If you see a journalist sucking up to powerful people and companies, criticizing the public rather than people who cause problems for the public, and dismissing real issues being discussed among the public as "baseless doom and gloom nobody should really worry about", that is a journalist in name only

 

Comments or crits welcome.

 

 

 

 

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Thanks to the death of local journalism and newspapers at the hands of Reach PLC or whoever they call themselves, it's basically a short few steps from...

 

CHEAP BURGER JOINT OPENS IN <INSERT TOWN/AREA> AND YOU MUST TRY THEIR MAYO WHOPPER

 

to

 

THE GOVERNMENT SAY KEEP SAFE AND YOU MUST TAKE THIS VACCINE

 

and then

 

FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MISINFORMATION AND DANGEROUS CONSPIRACY THEORIES

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3 hours ago, Anti Facts Sir said:

Thanks to the death of local journalism and newspapers at the hands of Reach PLC or whoever they call themselves, it's basically a short few steps from...

 

CHEAP BURGER JOINT OPENS IN <INSERT TOWN/AREA> AND YOU MUST TRY THEIR MAYO WHOPPER

 

to

 

THE GOVERNMENT SAY KEEP SAFE AND YOU MUST TAKE THIS VACCINE

 

and then

 

FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MISINFORMATION AND DANGEROUS CONSPIRACY THEORIES

 

Must also be the 'five a day' that got so hammered into our mushy brains to keep us on the diet of kool aid the government is so fond of promoting to make us healthy compliant, because government loves you, :classic_dry:

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On 5/27/2023 at 4:22 AM, sock muppet said:

 

Must also be the 'five a day' that got so hammered into our mushy brains to keep us on the diet of kool aid the government is so fond of promoting to make us healthy compliant, because government loves you, :classic_dry:

 

Love you say?   🤓

 

 

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3 hours ago, Artie Fufkin said:

Genuine journalism should be free from editorial censorship. What occurs should be reported as such, with no spin and fabricated nonsense. Sadly integrity seems to be an extreme rarity, therefore the majority of journalism can't be taken seriously.

 

And don't forget that all the news feeds are plugged directly into the stock market, i mean what could go wrong in the pursuit of the love of money, 🙄

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On 5/26/2023 at 10:46 PM, Anti Facts Sir said:

Thanks to the death of local journalism and newspapers at the hands of Reach PLC or whoever they call themselves, it's basically a short few steps from...

 

CHEAP BURGER JOINT OPENS IN <INSERT TOWN/AREA> AND YOU MUST TRY THEIR MAYO WHOPPER

 

to

 

THE GOVERNMENT SAY KEEP SAFE AND YOU MUST TAKE THIS VACCINE

 

and then

 

FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MISINFORMATION AND DANGEROUS CONSPIRACY THEORIES

 

One thing I've noticed in the local rag is that every story when the accused / guilty is white comes with an a mugshot / CCTV image / super imposed photo.

 

If they're not white you'll get a street image from Google Maps, no physical description or names & disabled comments.

 

I don't know if this us a local editorial decision or a Reach policy. I suspect the latter tbh.

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1 hour ago, Sit down, Waldo said:

 

One thing I've noticed in the local rag is that every story when the accused / guilty is white comes with an a mugshot / CCTV image / super imposed photo.

 

If they're not white you'll get a street image from Google Maps, no physical description or names & disabled comments.

 

I don't know if this us a local editorial decision or a Reach policy. I suspect the latter tbh.

 

Whichever group/nationality/ethnicity/demographic is a threat to them gets an uncomfortable media spotlight shone on them.

 

And its cyclical too.

 

If there is a war with say Iran the MSM may go back to pointing at dangerous brown-skinned mooslims again.

 

Whatever the fuck serves the agenda best at that time.

 

Machiavellian pragmatists.

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