Lyons: If it’s on the Internet, must it be true?
One of the more frustrating, although sometimes amusing, parts of journalism is trying to correct someone else’s fabrication, disinformation, half-truths or outright whoppers.
Journalists used to consider the gatekeeper role a key function, which is part of the reason there’s some distrust for the news media. Who are we to decide what gets reported and what doesn’t?
Like any profession, there are resources, and you have to focus on some things and ignore others. Anything could be news to some people just like anything can bore other people. It’s something you get better at with experience, but it’s an imperfect craft.
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