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Monday, July 6, 2015

What passes for journalism on the web?

I am at a loss for what passses for jounalism on the web.  While I may need to shift my attention to other sources.  a great amount of the news that I peruse is found on Yahoo.com.  I have been saddened there to see articles missing very basic facts, such as the date of a reported news event or even the location.  With substandard reporting like that, what's the point in reading, especially if you anticipate that the information will be grossly incomplete.  What is the author thinking?  Perhaps in the rush and commotion to break the story first and generate the small coin that is likely paid to a beat journalist reporting for Yahoo, the facts really don't matter; what matters is getting the headline right, with the necessary level of punch and grab.  In 1839, Edward Bulwer-Lytton wrote the familiar adage, "The pen is mightier than the sword." It appears that the pen could use a sharpening!

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