Gullible Journalists

Tyler Durden camera_lumina at
Mon Feb 3 06:31:35 PST 2003

John Kelsey wrote...

"For some reason I've never been able to fathom, many journalists seem to be 
remarkably gullable, when they're told something from the right kind of 
source, especially a government agency or other official source."

Chomsky (dig around on and others have 
commented on this quite a bit. What it seems to boil down to is a sort of 
natural selection. Basically, it works like this:

1) Government is releasing some cool smart-bomb commercials, erh I mean 
video to a few select news sources.
2) NBC sends a questioning, smart, well-informed dude to said press 
3) During said smart-bomb footage notices the Arabic word for Hospital on 
the top of the smart-bombs target, and asks "Is that a hospital?"
4) Government takes NBC off list of cool "insider" info: "Can't be trusted, 
not playing ball"
5) NBC, now out in the cold, assigns said informed journalist to covering 
Ruwanda or other low-profile stuff, and assures military officials that 
they'll send someone a little more cooperative next time.

I'm exagerating for effect here of course...there's possibly not as much 
conscious decision making, and supposedly this kind of list-making happens 
for much quieter, "insider" stuff (not smart bomb footage). But clearly, 
there's got to be SOMETHING like this happening.


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