So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Radicalized media. The push back begins.

The Washington Post has this:

A University of Virginia associate dean of students filed a multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone on Tuesday, alleging that the magazine portrayed her as callous and indifferent to allegations of sexual assault on campus and made her the university’s “chief villain” in a now-debunked story about a fraternity gang rape.

Nicole Eramo is seeking more than $7.5 million in damages from Rolling Stone, its parent company Wenner Media and Sabrina Rubin Erdely, the investigative journalist who wrote the explosive account of sexual assault on the campus in Charlottesville, Va. The magazine retracted the story after news organizations and the Columbia University journalism school found serious flaws in it.
The full story can be found HERE.
(Associate Dean) Eramo, who is the university’s chief administrator dealing with sexual assaults, argues in the lawsuit that the story destroyed her credibility, permanently damaged her reputation and caused her emotional distress. She assailed the (Rolling Stone) account as containing numerous falsehoods that the magazine could have avoided if it had worked to verify the story of its main character(.)
Journalistic integrity and respect for journalists is at an all time low. According to a recent survey (5/2015, Mirror) of 1000 people by Adzuna, journalists were found to be among the least trusted professionals. That lack of trust is echoed in a Pew Research Center survey: July 2013. Another earlier survey found only 3% of Britons trusted journalists (2009, The Guardian/Bar Standards Board).

The root of the problem.

There is much concern expressed these days about young people who have become radicalized and have embraced militant Islam. Little reporting is done, however, on the degree to which the mainstream media have become radicalized and are playing their role in the dissemination and enforcement of militant secularism and the marginalization of opinions that dissent from the politically correct status quo.

The loss of journalistic integrity among reporters in corporate media enterprises such as Rolling Stone has its origin in college and university classwombs and newspapers which are now more intellectual cesspools for indoctrinating new believers in the art of selling the news at any price.

As one analyst/writer put it:
In the frantic effort to attract large volumes of traffic, to in turn bring in advertisers, websites often turn to all manner of SEO (search engine optimization) manipulation and sensational, empty-calorie fare. (USA TODAY is hardly immune to this development.)—Rieder, 2014.
Oasis of Integrity

If one is seeking journalistic integrity, one would do well to navigate the precincts wherein journalists such as Edward Pentin dwell.

On the upside of the downward slide of the mainstream media into irrelevance, print media and television enterprises that fail to uphold the integrity of the news are rapidly fading and shuttering their physical and digital doors.

The forgotten acronym: F.A.C.T.

Most reports in the current mainstream media amount to missed opportunities to exercise and sustain fairness, accuracy, concision and the trueness of the information communicated.

Speaking of opportunities for the mainstream press to likely avoid their responsibility to report on current events with objectivity, this month's many pro-life vigils and marches are likely to attract hundreds of thousands of participants. One can say with near certainty that the news of said events, if reported at all, will only occur after the fact and tucked away in some remote corner of a "mainstream" newspaper or television report.

The Victoria March for Life is this Thursday, May 14th. CLICK HERE for additional information. For those new to the pro-life adventure, the Victoria March coincides with the massively attended National March for Life in Ottawa.

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