There’s been a lot of attention paid lately to some pretty egregious errors by major media outlets — including Rolling Stone magazine, with its much-disputed tale of a college sexual-assault case — and every day it seems there is another hoax photo that requires debunking. So overall, media accuracy has probably gone down a lot, right? I don’t think so, and neither does former Reuters media critic Jack Shafer.
In an interview with Digiday, Shafer — who was recently let go by Reuters — was asked what he thought about the errors by Rolling Stone, which failed to interview the accused rapists for its original story, as well as other recent hoaxes like the high-school student who supposedly made $72 million trading stocks. Despite being a “veteran media critic,” here’s what Shafer said:
“It’s easier to discover and take apart a faulty story. It takes one guy like Richard Bradley…
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