Afternoon Edition: May 20, 2015

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A CHEAT SHEET OF MEDIA MALFEASANCE

Writing in Big Journalism, John Nolte provides an excellent list—48 examples in total—of how the media have messed up in recent years.

Starting with the fake exploding truck test in 1992 on NBC’s “Dateline” and going through to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Mr. Nolte makes some good points.

“Forget bias for a moment. Forget mistakes and misstatements and stupid or nasty things said during live telecasts. There isn’t enough Internet to begin to list the countless instances of left-wing bias and politicking and idiocy the media engage in. What I’ve accumulated below is the scripted, planned and intentional,” he wrote.

The list can be found at http://bit.ly/1R0nkXW.

COULD MACHINES ELIMINATE MEDIA BIAS?

In a head-to-head speed competition between a National Public Radio correspondent and a machine, who won? The machine!

NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley took seven minutes to write a basic business story while a program called “WordSmith” filed in only two minutes. We know which one the machine spit out because there’s an Associated Press style error.

But could the machine limit bias? That would be useful in today’s media world.

For more details, see http://n.pr/1GoWPIH.

WE LIKE WE

Former Washingtonian editor Jack Limpert gives thumbs down to The Washington Post’s continual use of “we.”

“The downside of the ‘we’ approach for mainstream publications is that it can turn off readers. I always want to tell Post columnists don’t assume we’re pals and I want you to do my thinking for me. It’s even worse when a writer suggests that if I’m reading this story we must share a common love for something. At that point I think this publication is aimed at somebody but it’s not me and why am I reading it,” he writes.

We like we. We hope we share a common love for something, mainly the need to subject the media to strict scrutiny. Please let us know if you don’t like we.

For more details, see http://bit.ly/1GpEf2W.

Please send suggestions and tips to charper@temple.edu.

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