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October 21, 2004

Importance of skepticism

Asahi Times on the failure of US media during run-up to the Iraq war -

Why was coverage contrary to the facts allowed to drag on for so long? Noted media researcher Michael Massing blames the following: ``A failure to manifest skepticism and independent spirit-the core work values of journalists.''

We have entered an uncertain era in which there is great concern about the direction in which our nation is moving. It is precisely at times like these that the media must redouble its efforts to temper and refine its spirit of skepticism and independence.

I doubt there will be any far reaching changes except some piecemeal efforts from the big media empires. They need to go through a period of irrelevancy before this problem gets fixed.

October 21, 2004 in Current Affairs | Permalink


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