141. Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook
A handbook of suggestions for news consumers.
Short URL: http://j.mp/1F72PGC
- In the immediate aftermath, news outlets will get it wrong.
- Don’t trust anonymous sources.
- Don’t trust stories that cite another news outlet as the source of the information.
- There’s almost never a second shooter.
- Pay attention to the language the media uses.
- “We are getting reports” … could mean anything.
- “We are seeking confirmation” … means they don’t have it.
- “[News outlet] has learned” … means it has a scoop or is going out on a limb.
- Look for news outlets close to the incident.
- Compare multiple sources.
- Big news brings out the fakers. And photoshoppers.
- Beware reflexive retweeting. Some of this is on you.
— Changed 21 Jan 2018