Worth Reading, Aug 27, 2012

Hello again. After a summer break (including the launch of my colleague Fred Garcia’s book The Power of Communication), the Worth Reading updates are back, with highlights of items that have caught our interest in the last week or so.



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  1. Diana B
    Diana B says:

    Laurel, great finds above! Re: the article “you’re not entitled to your facts…”

    In my opinion, the “pack” response effect alluded to at the end of the article prohibits journalists not only from doing something about fact checking, but also from broadening their coverage. I think journalists give too much attention to one story. What about all the other policy debates in play that barely get exposure? E.g.’s include Fracking, clean energy, municipal water, infrastructure policy, bridge rebuilding, space policy etc.

    People know where they stand on an issue once it runs through the media cycle. And it’s too easy to form an opinion on one or two issues. But what if journalists went broader, and exposed all policies of a politician?

    If people could see how their favorite politician’s policy affects their daily life (across ALL aspects) then you wouldn’t need to vigorously fact check just one issue. All issues would be exposed and as such, it would stumble the campaigns that deliberately take advantage of the media’s “pack” response to hid or bury other issues.

  2. Laurel Hart
    Laurel Hart says:

    Diana, thanks for your comment, and I agree, it would be great if journalists could broaden their focus and thus bring a wider variety of policy issues to light. But the tension lies between the interesting versus the important, and at the end of the day, most journalists and media outlets are biased to focus on the interesting. (You may have heard Fred talking about this tension before!)

    This partly explains why we get so much discussion about what a politician wears or the style of their hair…talk about unimportant.

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