Journalism Warning Labels

Print your own journalism warning labels


If I were a journalism professor, I might be tempted to use this lovely set of journalism warning labels, designed by British comedian Tom Scott, as a teaching tool—encouraging my students to go through various media sources and slap these puppies on the worst offenders. Or—in a moment of deep misanthropy—using them as grading stickers on assignments.

However you wish to use them, the stickers are pretty fabulous. Helpfully, Scott provides a PDF link that will allow you to print off a set super easy.

(Via Ferris Jabr)

(Via Boing Boing.)

Matt Taibbi on Major Corporate ‘Journalism’

Matt Taibbi on Major Corporate ‘Journalism’


Matt Taibbi, regarding Lara Logan’s criticism of Michael Hastings’s explosive profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal:

If I’m hearing Logan correctly, what Hastings is supposed to have done in that situation is interrupt these drunken ******* and say, “Excuse me, fellas, I know we’re all having fun and all, but you’re saying things that may not be in your best interest! As a reporter, it is my duty to inform you that you may end up looking like insubordinate ****** **** in front of two million Rolling Stone readers if you don’t shut your mouths this very instant!” I mean, where did Logan go to journalism school?

I don’t think it’s hyperbolic in the least to say that the argument comes down to whether a journalist’s job is (a) to report what is true, important, and interesting; or (b) to report what those in power want reported.

(Via Daring Fireball.)