Thursday, March 23, 2006

MSM takes another blow

The Gray Lady has done it again.

They profiled a woman who claimed to be a Katrina victim that was not being taken care of by the government.

Great story, right? Wrong.

"For its profile, The Times did not conduct adequate interviews or public record checks to verify Ms. Fenton's account, including her claim that she had lived in Biloxi.
Such checks would have uncovered a fraud conviction and raised serious questions about the truthfulness of her account."

I’m not claiming Leftwing bias here – although that is part of the issue. More to the point, however, is that the need to one-up the competition is so pervasive; quality journalism has taken a back seat to sensationalism and being first to market with a story.

Companies throughout history have lost fortunes – if not gone bankrupt – because they’ve put low quality products on the market rather than take the time to create quality ones.

The MSM is going down that same path. Calling Florida for Gore in 2000 and reporting the rapes and murders happening in the Superdome in Katrina’s aftermath are just two examples of major stories that turned out to be wrong.

I think it’s time for the MSM to take on the old Ford slogan: Quality is Job One.

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