Fact Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself: Part Two

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Mistakes can and do happen, in all fields and by all people. As you may have read in the previous “Fact Check Yourself,” many times these mistakes can be made due to pure miscommunication. Occasionally, this does happen, and while it could be something that’s easily correctable, it could also potentially change the public’s viewpoint in a possibly disastrous way. This counts for both stories and current events, and guests who appear on programs.

Take, for instance, the appearance of Guy Goma on BBC News.

Goma was at the BBC for a job interview in their IT department, but due to a mix-up in a waiting room, a producer who was tasked with finding a “Guy Kewney” who was scheduled to appear for a live interview accidentally found Guy Goma instead, and the rest is history.

But what happens when guests who are scheduled to appear aren’t who they even claimed to be to station staff?

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Fact Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself: Part One

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In this day and age of social media and 24-hour news outlets, information can spread across the globe in minutes and reach massive audiences. If an event were to occur in another country far away from home, we have the ability to find out what happened, track the event as it unfolds and receive further updates in real time. We also have access to a vast wealth of information right at our fingertips, thanks to internet access on devices that nearly all of us are surrounded by each day.

Of course, much like the old days of a pre-internet era, mistakes can be made, and occasionally, these mistakes can get published or aired.

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Thanksgiving, But No Thanksgiving! How Do You Celebrate?

Thanksgiving is here! The holiday where eating copious amounts of food is socially acceptable, and where we get to see old relatives (including the ones that we may not always particularly like) and gossip around the dinner table before arguing over politics and what kind of president Donald Trump is going to make, and all that comes before settling down by the TV to watch some football game and dread having to purchase gifts tomorrow for Christmas.

But is that truly the way to celebrate Thanksgiving? Should we feel bad if we don’t have a nice oven roasted (or deep-fried, if you’re confident that you won’t set anything on fire) turkey sitting on a big platter surrounded by stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn casserole, and sweet potato pie, all ready to be loaded onto a plate? Continue reading “Thanksgiving, But No Thanksgiving! How Do You Celebrate?”

5 Things I’ve learned About the Media (As a self-proclaimed “News Junkie”)

I love the news. I love reading it, watching it, and listening to it. And most importantly, as you may have heard if you listen to my show, Newspoint (Tuesdays from 2pm to 4pm on this very blog’s affiliated college radio station) I love discussing it afterwards and getting to share and listen to opinions. Putting all shameless plugs aside however, I feel that there is quite a bit that I’ve learned about the news media as a self-proclaimed “news junkie,” and I wanted to take the time to share them with readers, and people who are fans and haters of the media alike.

1. Local and broadcast news has less political bias than cable, but cable isn’t completely biased, either

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Cable news networks and their local broadcast affiliates operate very differently from each other

One of the biggest complaints I often hear regarding cable news channels is that they are too biased when the subject turns to politics, and many have found this to be especially evident during this election season. The left and the right have both hurled accusations of media bias at each other over various networks and who they say these networks support or what causes or policies they may believe in.

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