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Dying mainstream media on ID: They stand by their story, however wrong

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This item at Evolution News & Views is worth pondering:

A journalist working for a national newspaper chain has fabricated a claim about the Texas science standards, and now he and his editor are refusing to correct the record.

In late September, three Texas newspapers owned by Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. (CNHI) published an article by reporter John Austin claiming that a science standard adopted by Texas in 2009 authorizes the teaching of “non-scientific explanations.” That claim is false.

Austin asserted that conservatives on the Texas State Board of Education in 2009 “inserted language into the high school biology curriculum allowing teachers to introduce non-scientific explanations for such questions as why some creatures suddenly appeared in the fossil record about 500 million years ago, instead of more gradually.” (Emphasis added.) See the article at the Weatherford Democrat, The Huntsville Item, and Jacksonville Progress.

In fact, the statement in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science standards Austin refers to says exactly the opposite: More.

One of the biggest stories of the last twenty-five years is how the internet has wasted legacy mainstream media. While it would be nice to get CNHI to correct the record, it is becoming less important all the time. No one who actually wishes to be well-informed can depend on such sources, and fortunately, it is no longer necessary. The recent US election predictions have made that clear. In any event, everywhere I go, I see people using handhelds to go all over the world for news…

Put another way, if Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. (CNHI) is not a good source and ID feels important to people, so much the worse for Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. (CNHI).
Nothing like that reader freedom prevailed in 1975, let me tell you.

Meanwhile, just to clear up some misconceptions: Mainstream media today are only somewhat more corrupt than in the past. Their biggest problem now is that they are mostly not necessary. Blatant attempts at misrepresentation stem largely from that fact. They survive by becoming mere PR for progressive governments. They have every reason to wish to suppress independent media offering alternative information, correct or otherwise, a clear departure from their historic independent role.

Are new media more reliable? No; what’s more reliable is the opportunity we all have now to keep looking for correct answers.

Note: I, for one, do not take the explosion of “fake news” seriously. I just learned yesterday from a checkout counter tabloid that Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton are all going to prison. Last week, I was informed by a competitive tabloid source that Hillary Clinton is dying.
Neither I nor anyone else capable of forming part of a checkout counter lineup believed any of it particularly. Yet many of these publications have been around for decades.

I recommend considerable caution when we are faced with proposals to eliminate fake news for the public good. Most such claims appear grounded in an assumption that the public is more naive than my local checkout lineup, and I cannot think of areason why that should be true. True information is just as likely to be suppressed as false information. – O’Leary for News

See also: Why the mainstream media was bound to call the U.S. election wrong Fake, but accurate, is a sign of weakness, not strength.

Scientists stunned by Trump win. (Which says what about the prediction methods they were relying on?)

In traditional media, fact doesn’t matter any more, only social virtue Legacy media is now largely popular fiction

Traditional media doesn’t get new media It is called the internet, not the innernet for a reason.

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5 Replies to “Dying mainstream media on ID: They stand by their story, however wrong

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    Mainstream corporate media cannot be trusted as a check on power, be it governmental power or otherwise. This is true because mainstream corporate media is cozy with such powers and depends on such powers to survive.

    Thankfully, most people around the world are beginning to realize this. These are truly remarkable times.

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    john_a_designer says:

    Denzel Washington, “media critic” said: “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you do read it, you’re misinformed.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/in-th.....selling-bs

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    Fordgreen says:

    Out of curiosity Denyse, what are the primary sources you tap to get the news?

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    john_a_designer says:

    “2015 FBI data: Jews were nearly 3X more likely than blacks, 1.5X more likely than Muslims to be a hate crime victim”

    https://www.aei.org/publication/2015-fbi-data-jews-were-nearly-3x-more-likely-than-blacks-1-5x-more-likely-than-muslims-to-be-a-hate-crime-victim/

    Why is there no reporting about this in the MSM?

    Could it be because they are not interested in reporting “just the facts” but rather because they are trying to push certain narratives or agendas? Not that I am accusing them of being biased (well actually, I am.)

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    News,

    The media mis-predicting the election results was deliberate, not a mistake.

    The presidency is won by winning the electoral college; but the media concentrated on how popular Hillary Clinton was. They were of course, correct that she was popular, but popularity does not win an election, and they knew this.

    There were some polls that didn’t have a political axe to grind, that correctly predicted a Donald Trump win. The media largely and deliberately ignored these polls.

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