Isn't that a truism ....
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http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/mediawatch/audio/201807260/is-a-'post-truth'-era-upon-us A good read . .... It makes an assumption that the Fifth Estate are beyond reproach or questioning. The issue really boils down to how good the data is that the journalist chooses to use to support the opinion. In many ways John Key is right about expert opinions. Each time a known fact is proven to be correct it is added to the reservoir of information data. It follows then that you could find a myriad of facts to support what ever "Truth" you happen to be peddling at that time. Lazy journalism, particularly political commentary surrounds us ... it permeates our social networks masquerading as "this moments truth" ; it is either premeditated by the journalist, and or orchestrated by the politicians. In the case of the US, journalists are carefully looked after and groomed, transported fed and fete'd and fawned upon, presumably in the express hope that their (The Journalists) efforts will be complimentary. If you are a good young journalist .... then good efforts in political eloquence will get "Noticed" and you could be invited to join the press corp ... those invitations come from the White House Correspondents' Association, who manage a carefully orchestrated pecking order inside the press briefing room (Which has very limited room, about 50 seats) .... if you want to be in the Front few rows and have the chance of follow up questions, then I assume you need to have won a good few brownie points ... thus arises the integral doubt, and journalists being human, are clearly not above being manipulated; or manipulative for that matter. But back to data driven commentary ..... would it be fair to say that today's modern successful journalist is probably more successful at data mining supporting facts from the "Everest" of information in the data bank to call on. Again above all else come integrity .... and the question, is the opinion or point I am trying to make worthy, backed by fact, and infact a representation of what is. A very good work on data driven journalism can be found at http://towcenter.org/research/the-art-and-science-of-data-driven-journalism/
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http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/mediawatch/audio/201807260/is-a-'post-truth'-era-upon-us A good read . .... It makes an assumption that the Fifth Estate are beyond reproach or questioning. The issue really boils down to how good the data is that the journalist chooses to use to support the opinion. In many ways John Key is right about expert opinions. Each time a known fact is proven to be correct it is added to the reservoir of information data. It follows then that you could find a myriad of facts to support what ever "Truth" you happen to be peddling at that time. Lazy journalism, particularly political commentary surrounds us ... it permeates our social networks masquerading as "this moments truth" ; it is either premeditated by the journalist, and or orchestrated by the politicians. In the case of the US, journalists are carefully looked after and groomed, transported fed and fete'd and fawned upon, presumably in the express hope that their (The Journalists) efforts will be complimentary. If you are a good young journalist .... then good efforts in political eloquence will get "Noticed" and you could be invited to join the press corp ... those invitations come from the White House Correspondents' Association, who manage a carefully orchestrated pecking order inside the press briefing room (Which has very limited room, about 50 seats) .... if you want to be in the Front few rows and have the chance of follow up questions, then I assume you need to have won a good few brownie points ... thus arises the integral doubt, and journalists being human, are clearly not above being manipulated; or manipulative for that matter. But back to data driven commentary ..... would it be fair to say that today's modern successful journalist is probably more successful at data mining supporting facts from the "Everest" of information in the data bank to call on. Again above all else come integrity .... and the question, is the opinion or point I am trying to make worthy, backed by fact, and infact a representation of what is. A very good work on data driven journalism can be found at http://towcenter.org/research/the-art-and-science-of-data-driven-journalism/
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