posted on Feb, 3 2011 @ 09:41 AM
I think it illustrates how far standards for "journalism" have fallen. It used to be journalists reported the facts of a story, unbiasedly, and let
people form their own opinions. Now, it seems to be find facts that supports your bias on a particular issue and report it as fact. Then, if your
caught, your employer will publish a tiny correction somewhere in the paper or on their website, and life goes on. This happens on all sides of the
This is very similar to what has happened in the sciences. Instead of finding facts and using them to develop a hypothesis that can be tested,
scientists now seem to be making hypothesis and then finding facts to support it.
I think this also is an illustration of how nowadays younger people can't critically think for themselves and can't tell (or were never taught) the
difference between a real newscast (if there are any, maybe the local stations) and a satirical representation of a newscast (ala Weekend Update or
the Daily Show). I think its quite possible the staffers had no idea the Onion was satire, and that the idea of finding additional sources to prove a
stories validity is non-existent in today's "journalism"