Remember when journalism had layers and layers of fact checkers? Yeah, me neither.

Remember when journalism had layers and layers of fact checkers? Yeah, me neither.

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The Oregonian ran this item on their front web page this week – the story – about fraud in the recycling of electronics – has nothing to do with their illustration showing a Markets In Turmoil scary graphic with NYSE visible in the background. In fact, the stock market did very well the day they used this incorrect graphic.

CNBC runs incorrect photo of United Airlines CEO. The CEO of United Airlines is Oscar Munoz, but CNBC ran a photo of Jose Munoz, an executive at Nissan Motor Co. And no one noticed?

Finally, University of Colorado Professor of Environmental Policy Roger Pielke, Jr, contributor to the IPCC, an expert on disaster damages and the author of several books about what to do about climate change, is described by a news publication as a “climate skeptic” even though he holds identical positions to the IPCC. When he asked them why they called him a “skeptic”, the journalists entered the land of incoherence. Read the Twitter thread where the exchange took place.

Journalists have only themselves to blame for the reputation they have earned – while viewing themselves as elite saviors of humanity. There is a disconnect between how they view themselves and reality, unfortunately.

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