Why There is a Crisis of Fake News

Call it the law of unintended consequences. The internet is a disruptive technology comparable to the Gutenberg press. Initially it was seen as a global encyclopedia, making all human knowledge available to everyone. Then social media arose, and I saw this as revolutionary for two reasons: It allows people around the world to see each […]

The Press Versus Trump

The NYTimes just published a fascinating article, not for its content, but for its tone. Starting with the headline “With False Claims, Trump Attacks Media on Turnout and Intelligence Rift“, the message is that the Trump administration lies, and those lies are being unequivocally called out. I have been a subscriber for 30 years and […]

Tackling the Problem of Fake News

Slate is launching an attempt to mark fake news. They will “rely on crowdsourcing and human moderation by Slate staffers and contributors.” There will probably be sabotage attempts by bad actors, and the results will be criticized for liberal bias just the way Snopes was attacked, but it’s still heartening to see organisations rising to […]

Only Conservatives Fall For Fake News Stories

There has been much coverage of fake news stories and how they might have affected the election. Interestingly, the news site owners said that the only stories that went viral were pro-conservative ones. He was amazed at how quickly fake news could spread and how easily people believe it…. “We’ve tried to do similar things to […]

Continuing NYTimes Bias

I have railed for months about the pro-Clinton bias in the NYTimes. Today’s headline reads Three Crucial States Show Tight Races Between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton PARA 2: “The Quinnipiac University surveys, released on Tuesday, show Mrs. Clinton leading Mr. Trump by one percentage point in Pennsylvania and Florida and trailing him by four points […]

Freedom of the Press

Chicago cops are being advised that all of the 3,000 international journalists planning to cover the G-8 will be committing a felony when they turn on their audio devices to record the public arrests of protestors. Slate. I do not understand how any normal person could consider this reasonable, but it is in line with […]

Jon Stewart, the Media and the NYTimes

In today’s NYTimes, David Carr critiques Jon Stewart’s attack on the media as insignificant because “In even a good news night, about five million people take a seat on the cable wars, which is less than 2 percent of all Americans.”  Based on that logic I can ignore his attack because the NYTimes has an […]

Google vs. Newspapers

There is an excellent analysis of the plight of newspapers on Groklaw, and PJ ends by pointing out that Groklaw itself is an example of what the newspapers have not been providing, and what will arise in the wake of their demise.

New York Times sued over Boston.com’s linking practice

In this CNET article, GateHouse Media object on the grounds of copyright infringement because the NYT uses the headline and first sentence, but their real gripe is that it links directly to the article, not to the front page, and they are losing advertising revenue. The NYT should link the articles to the front page […]