Warning labels for attempted journalism

August 14, 2010 | By | Reply More

We desperately need warning labels for writing that purports to be serious journalism, but isn’t. Here is a terrific set of useful stickers by Tom Scott. My favorites:

Warning: Journalists hiding their own opinions by using phrases like “some people claim.”

Warning: Journalists do not understand the subject they are writing about.

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Warning: To ensure future interviews with subject, important questions were not asked.

Addendum: Here is my favorite warning label regarding the mass media (from Free Press):



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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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