How Not to Be Fooled: Sources Say

Always Ask Who Is Saying It – and Why? Anonymous sources have become a media game of Chinese whispers. A Devil's Curmudgeon. In the dim, dark, pre-internet days, a journalist’s contact book was their prized possession. As veteran journalist Alex Mitchell recounts, his contacts “were the lifeblood of my professional life”. I still remember my …

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The Bogocalypse Brought to You by the Media

Instead of Criticising Panic-Buying, the Media Are Encouraging It Going shopping in Australia in 2020. A Devil's Curmudgeon. Nobody likes being proven wrong, journalists least of all. So, having just over a week before written that, “rather than ‘stupid’ ordinary people running around like headless chooks, it’s the supposedly ‘superior’, ‘educated’ elite who are doing …

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Snopes: How to Lose a Reputation in One Easy Step

When I was in high school, there was a joke that went thus: why is virginity like a balloon? One prick, and it’s gone forever. As schoolyard wit goes, that scarcely rises above even the low bar of its kind, nonetheless it contains a kind of rough truism: some things, when lost, are gone for …

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The journalistic sin that festers in open sight

The idea that "Everyone I don't like is Hitler" is a common social media meme, but there's a more insidious instance of this thinking that is promulgated by the supposedly "curated" media - the almost reflexive habit of labelling anyone who deviates from the received centre-left wisdom as "far-right", which is as much to say, …

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