posted on Jul, 24 2012 @ 08:47 PM
reply to post by ZiggyMojo
Thank you for diligently finding (and presenting) the Google pages....
I would like to spin what you are seeing (which I happen to believe) a slightly different way:
Traditional media "old media", i.e. television, newspapers, radio are getting hammered. Forget the fact that newspapers are dying a very slow and
painful death (falling circulation and falling ad revenues), but TV is pressured by the speed and convenience of online formats -- AND a cable /
satellite TV landscape that presents more alternatives than the "old model".
So how do these old media companies try to stem the tide? Online. Drive online ad revs through timely reporting that generates viewer traffic.
BUT...they are at a competitive disadvantage. Why? Old media (typically, hopefully) double-sources (or at least verifies the authenticity of the
sources they utilize). This takes TIME.
Time is your worst enemy online. Tons of bloggers and online-built outlets have perfected timing ---by not necessarily verifying their sources.
Why? Who cares if it's 100% accurate -- the more sensational the headline and contents -- the more traffic -- and that generates ad dollars.
SO...old school "reliable" media struggles to compete...they rush...and get things wrong. Once they have your click, they have no incentive to
issue a "retraction". They just delete and move on.
Coverup? In my opinion: not. Less than accurate reporting from a struggling company trying to keep up with the speed of digital competitors? Yes.
And I doubt you will EVER see a retraction....