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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Yellow Journalism

Once upon a time, two newspaper owners decided they needed a war to boost circulation (as set out here Yellow Journalism and the Spanish/American War). Most modern journalists think that was bad.

However, those same modern journalists seem quite willing to practice "yellow journalism" to attempt to make their own country's president and the US military look bad. As Bill Rice over at Dawn's Early Light says,
There is commentary aplenty on the Newsweek mess of the false story of Koran flushing at Gitmo.
And he provides some excellent examples.

I just find it somewhat sad that journalism has returned to its "yellow" roots, making stuff up to sway political opinion. Plus ça change (plus c'est la même chose)

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