How News is Made
Boing Boing found an interesting piece that analyzed how news gets made. It's less Chomski and more plain old common sense. What is lacking in an outright conspiracy is compensated for with a dash of laziness, a desire to answer the unknowable and nobody to represent the bad news. It begins:
There should be a book titled "How News Is Made," a book that could be for journalism what "The Jungle" was to the meatpacking industry. My version would offer no conspiracy theory, but I'd point out the preponderance of sloppiness and lazy thinking coupled with a herd mentality, most especially in business journalism. I found a great example to illustrate what I've been thinking about, tipped off by an article written by Carl Bialik in the Wall Street Journal.
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