As you all know one of the things I like to do is read everything I can get my hands on. It isn't so much to change my way of thinking but rather tried trying to understand why other people think the way they do. After all, you can't fix the problem until you know why the problem exists. And really, all problems start with faulty thinking or, to be perfectly accurate, stupidity.
It was either a week or two ago that I read in article written by a woman in, as best I recall, Forbes magazine. Not exactly an unknown publication. But there was a lot to read that day so basically I skimmed the article and quickly noticed four glaring errors of fact. Errors that provided the basis to her opinion. In all honesty my thought was these were outright lies and she knew it when she wrote it. Only she knows for sure. And it wasn't a guest article she writes for the magazine, this is her full time job.
Then I looked at the comments that were enabled for that article, and people took her to task as well they should. The magazine's response, as is if you haven't guessed, was to "fact check" those who took her to task.
But what really caught my attention in their lame excuse was this statement: "Our articles are fact checked by professional journalists." Let that sink in for a second and you'll be laughing too. We're talking about an old-line, major publication, relying on "professionals" to check the work of their writers. So I guess what they're trying to tell us at that magazine is that they do not hire professional journalists to write their stories. After all, if they have to rely on outside professional journalists who are they hiring to write there? Amateur journalists?
And just who are these "professional journalists" they employ for fact checking . I mean if they can't find professionals to hire on their staff to do the writing how are they qualified to find professional journalists to do their fact checking?
And if these "fact checkers" are indeed "professional journalists" how is it they can do their primary job of writing and reporting if they are truly researching and verifying the facts written by others? Do they never sleep?
One last point about "journalists". Their job is to write journals of events as they actually occurred. Just pure and simple factual events. No wishful thinking. No glossing over the gaffs, errors or mistakes uttered by those they are writing about. In the words of Sargent Joe Friday; "Just the facts ma'am."
"Professional journalists" are not editorialists, they are not opinion writers, they are not the wise old gurus sitting on the mountain top proclaiming some sort of "truth", a "truth" that lives only in their imagination, fantasies and overblown egos.
I've said it before but it bears repeating. Today's "journalism" majors graduate with a degree but when you read their work product the overwhelming question that immediately comes to mind is; "Did they ever once read a real news story before picking journalism as their major, their career?"
And now you know why what were once profitable news sources, of any and all mediums, find themselves begging for readers and viewers. Instead they've created an entirely new opening, a new field, of truth tellers. Decades from now it should make for some interesting reading in history books, that subject matter will be contained in studies entitled "The Second Coming Of The Dark Ages".