Sunday, June 11, 2006

Sloth in Media

Sloth in the media is responsible for some of what appears to be media bias, according to Christopher Taylor. Sloth can take different forms. A reporter can be lazy about checking facts. Perhaps a reporter returns again and again to the same source for quotes as though he were a random interviewee but in fact is just easy to reach. In extreme cases, a reporter might simply make up facts and sources rather than pound the pavement to discover them himself. Editors also might display laziness by not being diligent about changing slanted speech to a more neutral tone.

As you know, I enjoy Christopher Taylor's essays. This second in a series of essays on media bias can be accessed here.


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