General category for grouping "News" items.

From Alexander Woollcott to "Fake News"

Fake News

Editor's Note: Originally published 1-1-2017. Bumped for relevance by Roxy

Where does today’s ‘fake news’ come from?

There is no simple answer, but part of it can be traced to the development of journalistic practices and ethics over the course of the 20th century, strictures that the purveyors of ‘fake news’ turn on their heads thanks to technological innovations giving them the ability to make their publications look like real news venues for very little money.

The Power of the People: Blogger & Citizen Journalist Sourcing Beats the Traditional Media

A special hat-tip to Kaili Joy Gray of Daily Kos for this, which appeared in today's Midday Open Thread:

Despite years of traditional media outlets bitching that blogs add nothing to the media landscape but simply live as parasites off recycling original traditional reporting, an academic study of local blogs shows that just isn't true:

In the 1,000 blog posts examined, bloggers used 2,246 sources, of which only 517 were from traditional media, and Watson found that local public-affairs bloggers are more likely to depend on original sources—documents, government databases, shoe-leather reporting (interviews, eyewitness reports, etc.)—than on media sources. "Additionally, when these bloggers do use traditional media sources, they are also likely to use additional, non-media sources," Watson writes.

The bloggers studied use significantly greater numbers of traditional media sources when writing about nonlocal topics, but as Watson notes, their use may be analogous to a local paper's use of a news wire to cover nonlocal news: Neither has the resources to collect nonlocal news.

This also relates, indirectly (or perhaps directly?), to the earlier references to convergence from our own Open Thread this morning.

Neat, eh?


Daily News - McClatchy Headlines for Thursday June 2, 2011

The Eve of Destruction...Paging Harold Camping.


OK - so, now that the Rapture has come and gone, has anyone seen Harold Camping, or are the rumors true that all that's been found of Harold so far is a spittle-encrusted note that reads:

If you are reading this, you have been found wanting and left behind. - H.C.

Ideally, I'd like it if he took Pat, Rush, Sean and a few others with him...not to some other worldly paradise, of course, but instead to hide on some tiny island somewhere in the Caribbean...

While folks are sorting out whether or not the Rapture occurred and if they've been found wanting or not, here's a tune to entertain those folks still waiting for the "appointed time" to come. Enjoy!


Happy Rapturing, everyone. See ya on the flip side...


BTW - has anyone bothered to point out Matthew 24:36?



Daily News - McClatchy Headlines for Thursday May 12, 2011

Here are headlines from McClatchy's Washington Bureau and McClatchy Newspapers for Thursday, May 12, 2011:








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Headlines from McClatchy: Wednesday, April 11, 2011

Hawk Invades Library of Congress for a Little Light Reading and Research

Heh...dammit, caught on film...

Here's the lede from the Library of Congress blog, posted by Matt Raymond:

Watching Our Researchers Like A Hawk
by Matt Raymond

You know that poem "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Allan Poe? The one where a guy holes himself up in a room surrounded by books, only to be pestered by a bird looking over his shoulder? Yeah, that one.

[Photo by Abby Brack/Library of Congress; used w/o permission, but with grateful acknowledgment for a great shot. -- GH]

Well, a few of our researchers might have been getting a similar feeling lately, but on a much grander scale.

What one birder at the Library billed (no pun intended) as a Cooper’s Hawk–crowd-source a correction if I’m wrong–somehow recently got into the Library’s majestic Main Reading Room, and has been winging about ever since. It was first noticed by a patron looking dome-ward yesterday afternoon. I’ll include a few pictures here, taken by our very able Abby Brack.

Naturally, this event has prompted many questions, the most obvious of which being: How on Earth did a Cooper’s Hawk get into the Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress?! I can’t answer that. But I can provide a few Q’s followed by a few A’s.

Article continues at link in title...

And I thought the stealth feather suite was working. Must've been on the blink due to storm damage...