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    Journalism sometimes means you are not the one to break the story

    Journalism sometimes means you are not the one to break the story

    Ben Smith on the crowdsourcing photo analysis and media failures of the past few days:

    The media’s new and unfamiliar job is to provide a framework for understanding the wild, unvetted, and incredibly intoxicating information that its audience will inevitably see — not to ignore it. A Reddit post seen by millions without context is worse for the story, and the public, and to the mission of reporting than the same post in a helpful and informed context seen by many more. Reporting is no longer a question of whether or not to dignify new and questionable information with attention — it’s about predicting which of it will influence the story, and explaining, debunking, or contextualizing it the best we can. That is, incidentally, what our readers want.

    This illustrates the problem, which can suck in even a class act like Jake Tapper:

    I don’t know if the photo is real or not. That’s why we have the FBI.


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    “Journalists.” Corrupt, pompous asses is more like it.

    BannedbytheGuardian | April 19, 2013 at 4:04 am

    The strangest confluence of Reddit & MIT.

    Aaron Swartz’s creation leads to identifying the bombers who ran amok at MIT.

    Surely I am wrong.

    it could not be.

    BannedbytheGuardian | April 19, 2013 at 4:56 am

    FGS – The FBi have been looking for Sunil Tripathi as a missing person since March 30 in Boston & Conneticut.

    Here he is bombing Boston & it was up to bloggers such as I Own The World to track the photo back to Suni as the missing Ivy League guy.


    BannedbytheGuardian | April 19, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Very happy to be wrong.

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