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Another Example of How Modern Journalism Has Thrown Professionalism Out of The Window

Another day – another breaking news story on Twitter. …This one was false. However this particular Twitter scoop spread like wildfire – due to the fact that it had been widely Re-tweeted by several credible sources – starting with Jon Snow of Channel 4 news, see link below:

Anatomy of a Twitter rumour: When a story’s too juicy not to re-tweet

Once upon a time Journalists used to have to actually take the time to check and verify a story before going public and ‘putting it out there.’ Now with the advent of the internet and in particular, runaway micro-blogging sites like twitter – it seems that modern journalism largely consists of trawling the internet, catching sight of something before anyone else does and regurgitating it in whatever form, and through whatever medium (usually initially through the internet again) – that you happen to have access to in you’re particular journalistic enclave!

Still, can we really blame the journalists themselves for this sorry state of affairs? The pressure to be the first on record with the latest breaking news must be intense. And what if you don’t take the chance? You hold fire in favour of checking the facts, and some rival organisation beats you to the punch – they suddenly become the trusted source for being first with the latest greatest news scoops.

Aside: (In Google+ convos with various people about the hacking scandal yesterday though – I meant to say that I hope all this ends up taking smugface Morgan down with it too. I’m sure I’m not the only one).

It seems that modern news has found it impossible to keep pace with what the internet has developed into (along with every other industry and all of us as individuals too, it could be said). Still, a little of the old professionalism of checking the facts, needs to find it’s way back into the equation.

Otherwise The Whole Of Modern News, Is In Danger of Becoming Just One Mass Re-Tweet!

The Latest Bombshell In The Phone Hacking Scandal!

This just out on the Gaurdian website:

News of the World targeted phone of Sarah Payne’s mother

It just gets Worse! Do we REALLY  believe that Brooks and others at her level were totally oblivious to these things going on? I’m afraid I find that hard to swallow. Even if it was just in terms of tacit approval. A kind of “..I don’t want to know how you got it – just run with it” – kind of thing.”

Although if it does turn out that this phone was given by Brooks as some sort of deliberate plan of action (surely that’s what’s potentially implied here) – then she will end up the most hated woman in Britain!

How ironic, that NOTW would not be around to whip up the storm around the latest hate figure – they were always so good at that in the past!