Category Archives: Sourcing

Stossel: Stupid in Quotation Marks

John Stossel, he of the very Magnum P.I. ‘stache, has a repeat of an article on Fox News entitled “Stupid In America” where he excoriates teachers’ unions for education spending going “through the roof” and “flat test scores”. Without addressing … Continue reading

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The Smell Test: Why the IE6 Hoax Should Have Raised Doubts on its Face

A few days ago the media was all abuzz with a story about research that posited a correlation between low IQ and users of Internet Explorer 6 (the browser being on its ninth version now). Turns out, the company that … Continue reading

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Oslo Terror and the Media’s ‘Jump to Conclusions’ Mat

Remember the ‘Jump to Conclusions’ mat from the movie ‘Office Space’? Remember how Tom Smykowski seemed so excited about this product idea which had the fatal flaw of just being terrible? It was a “Jump to Conclusions” mat. You see, … Continue reading

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‘News of the World’ No More

Amidst the phone hacking scandal that’s been featured in numerous outlets, the British tabloid, News of the World, is surprisingly being shuttered by its well-known owner, Rupert Murdoch. While I never feel comfortable with the idea that many hard-working individuals … Continue reading

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Overdoing the 5-Hour Energy Shot Thing

MSNBC.com’s the Body Odd section contains an interesting story of grotesque excess. They relate the medical case  of a 22-year-old woman who presented the symptoms of liver failure and acute hepatitis. However: The staff checked her for viruses, alcohol and … Continue reading

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Excellent Video About Media Sourcing

Our willingness to drive screwdrivers into our brains rather than unlock the truth has led to a culture of gullibility that’s astonishing in even the most intelligent writers. — Potholer54 YouTube user Potholer54 takes a close look at how the … Continue reading

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Tom MacMaster: Master of Misinformation

So, it turns out the “Gay Girl in Damascus” blog, made out to be posts by Amina Arraf of Syria, is a fake. Not just a fake, but an elaborate fake, with fake correspondences with AP reporters, fake pictures that … Continue reading

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