"Amsterdam is a mess... a cesspool of corruption, crime..."

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 4:29 PM Bookmark and Share
I visited Amsterdam once while waiting to catch a plane following a trip to the Den Haag (and no, I didn't do anything there considered illegal here - although I did walk past plenty of cannabis cafes and brothels), and overall it seemed like a nice place. That said, it's great to see someone throwing some factual information at Fox News when they get it wrong:

2 comments:

Posted by: David Steen | 7/29/2009 11:35 PM

But, they know they're getting it wrong. Either that, or they don't care...It should be clear that they're entertainers. The claims made by their commentators are so outrageous and incendiary that they have to be in on it. The egg is not on the face of the reporters on Fox News, it's on the viewers who don't care enough to know the difference between news and someone stirring the pot for ratings.

Posted by: Paul | 5/13/2010 9:19 PM

Original Date: 8/04/2009 12:50 PM
I partially agree with you there, especially given the huge increase in the availability of information over the past couple of decades. However...

"The egg is not on the face of the reporters on Fox News, it's on the viewers who don't care enough to know the difference between news and someone stirring the pot for ratings."

I think any major "News" operation has a responsibility to do their own fact checking and not leave it up to the public to do it for them. Regardless of their intention, their misinforming their viewers.

On that note, yesterday I heard this piece on Walter Cronkite - "Too good to check" from NPR. It was a discussion about some of the errors and inaccuracies reported in the media coverage of Walter Cronkite's recent death. The host closed nicely with a short discussion prompted by the following question:

"[Y]ou have to see the irony in the idea that the death of one of the most important figures in television news has been widely reported with, you know, scant regard to the actual facts. That’s got to have a meaning larger than the particulars, no?"

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