Journalism seems to have died in many quarters in recent years as some news outlets have taken to publishing opinion pieces as fact, made up details to fit preconceived narratives and thrown all regard for truth to the wind, regardless of consequences. The rationalization for this behavior always seems to be along the lines of “I needed to tell the bigger truth as I saw it.” This is, of course, nothing less than lying by another name.
Nevertheless, we see more and more supposed journalists and writers fitting the facts to their desired story lines. Some, like James Frey, Mary Mapes and Dan Rather, get caught and pay the price. More recently, a fellow named Mike Daisy has been caught spinning yarns about Apple Computer’s op.... Learn more here, here and here. Still others, like wildlife documentary assistant Chris Palmer, rescue their reputations by becoming whistle-blowers. Others, like Josh Fox, get away with it…for a time.