The most striking fact is a research on 2,000 UK news stories conducted by Cardiff University:
- Only 12% of the stories were wholly composed of material researched by reporters.
- 80%, of the stories were wholly, mainly or partially constructed from second-hand material, provided by news agencies and by the public relations industry.
- On stories written from press releases only 12% had their facts thoroughly checked.
I like your last sentence. The press is not the holder of the truth, it's not god, just humans like you and I from which you can't have high expectations.
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