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April 25, 2013

Why Shitty Journalism Is So Shitty Right Now

Why Shitty Journalism Is So Shitty Right Now
Pretty much every single shitty day is exactly like this: Shitty editor gets shitty press release from some shitty PR firm about shitty study at some shitty college/shitty think tank/shitty organization. (Shitty PR firm having just been retained by shitty organization to promote shitty agenda, which shitty study just so happens to tie perfectly in to) Shitty editor tells shitty journalist (who is shitty mostly from being over-worked and totally burnt out on shitty job) to do a shitty story on shitty study. Shitty story should also include "shitty human interest angle" so shitty editor tells shitty journalist to find shitty people who match shitty study's findings and write shitty story about them. Shitty journalist has shitty hangover and does not want to spend a lot of time talking to shitty people, unless shitty people are ones taking drink order at shitty bar. Shitty editor assigns shitty journalist this shitty story at 2 p.m., and gives shitty 5 p.m. deadline for story. Shit. Now shitty journalist has to scramble to find some shitty assholes to get some shitty quotes from to fit into the shitty story. Shitty journalist goes on shitty social media website like shitty Facebook and asks if there are any shitty people who would like to share their shitty stories. Shitty journalist gets a few shitty responses at 4:35 and has to beg shitty editor for shitty deadline extension otherwise story will truly be shitty. Shitty editor gives journalist shitty look, so shitty journalist quickly writes shitty story, to avoid being on shitty shit list. Shitty editor thinks they know how to fix shitty story and does lots of shitty edits. The next day, shitty paper runs shitty story. Shitty PR rep calls shitty editor to complain about all the shitty mistakes (aka everything shitty journalist didn't write exactly verbatim the way shitty PR rep wrote in shitty press release.) Shitty editor gets shitty phone call from shitty publisher, because now shitty PR rep wants shitty correction otherwise all of other shitty clients will pull their shitty advertising. Then, shitty readers read shitty story and leave lots and lots of shitty comments on shitty newspaper website because story is just so goddamn unbelievably shitty.

Student Falsely Accused by Reddit for Boston Bombings Commits Suicide

Reddit should stick to what they do best: posting cat pictures, driving memes into the ground, and engaging in apocalyptic levels of misogyny. They should leave the investigation to the experts. Student Falsely Accused by Reddit for Boston Bombings Commits Suicide | Unicorn Booty
Officials in Rhode Island have confirmed that the body of a man that was found in a river running through the city of Providence is that of a student mistakenly linked with the Boston bombings last week. Police had earlier reportedly told local media it was “very, very possible” the body is that of missing student Sunil Tripathi, the young man misidentified on social media as a suspect in the Boston bombing case. Rhode Island State Health Department confirmed today that the body was that of the missing Brown University student. The medical examiner reportedly used dental records to identify Mr Tripathi. A cause of death is still be determined but the medical examiner said no foul play was suspected.

April 23, 2013

This is the best thing I've seen written about abortion in a long time

From prolific friend of the Newswire, Noah Berlatsky. Abortion and Violence | Politics & Media | SPLICETODAY.com
This is why, now, as ever, the best approach to abortion is to make it, wherever possible, unnecessary—by making contraception easily available, providing sex education, and improving social services so that raising children is not such an economic burden. Once a woman is pregnant with a child she does not want, your only option is to use state force to inflict violence against an actual human in the name of preventing violence to a potential human. I'm pro-choice in pretty much all circumstances, but I understand why some people come down in a different place. Douthat, in his column, quotes several pro-choice writers acknowledging the violence of their position. I wish Douthat were honest enough to acknowledge the violence of his.