Monday, February 04, 2008

Our media are mass producers of distortion

Nick Davies, from the Guardian talks about his new book, Flat Earth News: An Award-winning Reporter Exposes Falsehood, Distortion and Propaganda in the Global Media.

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 am too lazy to research whether that study was properly conducted in order to reach its conclusion...

1 comment:

Xavier Vespa said...

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.