Monday, September 05, 2005

nihilistic_kid: Day 1 then Day 2, or, How to Get The Most Out Of the News:

In areas with little in the way of communication, many less-than-100%-reliable witnesses (which is every witness), and with a 24 hour news cycle, what happens is this.

Journalists say things that aren't true.

For example, on Tuesday, Children's Hospital was on the verge of being overrun by looters, and the cops and the National Guard were refusing to or unable to come to the aid of 100 child patients and their frightened doctors. This was stated by a governor's aide. On Wednesday, one of the biggest issues the hospital faced was trying to dispel that rumor. It never happened.

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