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Bad Journalism: Daily Mail Style

Posted: October 6th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Bipolar Blond Momentum, Blip, Cult of Celebrity, Favorite New Thought . . ., Michael Courtenay, News Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Bad Journalism: Daily Mail Style

This incident never happened. It was created, as a sort of journalistic montage, by the correspondent who distilled the report. Newspapers are neither written nor edited by fools, technical safeguards can be built into even the wildest story, without fear of losing reader impact” Hunter S. Thompson – Hells Angels – 1967.

You would think that in the aftermath of News of the World, journalists – especially in the U.K. – would have at least one eye on the ball. Seems not. U.K. rag Daily Mail spends bucket loads of cash on employing journalists, apparently sending them to exotic posts like Italy. Covering the Amanda Knox Appeal – Knox was found guilty of murder, her latest trial was an appeal to that verdict – one over zealous unnamed journalist filed the following headline, which was then published by the Daily Mails online portal Mail Online. Hold your breath for a rant . . .

Journalism is apparently a calling, wedged someplace between an artistic talent and a desire for notoriety, or what has come to be known as celebrity. More journalists seem to be on the opinion bent – who’s doing all the reporting – chasing a byline in print isn’t the same as bringing news to readers!? . We generalise of course, journalists aren’t a heap different to the general population. A GOOD JOURNALIST requires more than just a specific skill set. Much more important than these apparent skills – grammar, dogged perseverance, courage under fire and a nose for a story – a good journalist REQUIRES INTEGRITY, not general public integrity, but unquestionable integrity. So if your not a good journalist what happens, generally you hide the truth and hook yourself into inappropriate employment. One journalist, who would best be described as possibly the worst mother presently on this planet –  reported for child neglect and abuse, by her childs school –  runs a Child and Parenting Advice website, another covers real estate in a national newspaper as well as running their blogs, despite the fact that she’s only ever lost money in real estate.

So whats the point?

Mainstream media, is the point. In any other profession there’s a set of requirements, skills certainly, but more importantly a requirement to behave with integrity; commit a crime as a lawyer and your not likely to practice law, molest a patient and your name will no longer have Doctor at front of it. Journalists have none of these sanctions, a bad journalist simply becomes the editor for an internet site . . .

A photo journalist once said something profound on the subject of bad journalism “The problem with journalists is they think once they’ve covered a story, they’re an expert in an entire field.”

You would think that in the aftermath of News of the World, journalists – especially in the U.K. – would have at least one eye on the ball. Seems not. U.K. rag Daily Mail spends bucket loads of cash on employing journalists, apparently sending them to exotic posts like Italy. Covering the Amanda Knox Appeal – Knox was found guilty of murder, her latest trial was an appeal to that verdict – one over zealous unnamed journalist filed the following headline, which was then published by the Daily Mails online portal Mail Online.

Clearly the internet makes it possible to broadcast breaking news at a pace unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. Unfortunately, that includes the ability to rapidly transmit reports that never should have been written, much less published. Today’s case in point: the Daily Mail‘s hasty—and largely apocryphal—report that American Amanda Knox had lost her appeal of a murder conviction. Mail Online not only mistook the Italian court’s guilty verdict for slander as guilty of everything, it posted a story under the byline Nick Pisa purporting to detail the return journey of Knox and her ex-boyfriend to separate prisons where they would be put on suicide watch. The story also quotes “delighted” prosecutors who said “justice has been done.” We’ve seen stories posted in error before, particularly when advances written and stored to hop on the news are published when they shouldn’t have been. These invented details are beyond bad journalism and publishing.

The sequence of events that followed is more than amusing . . .

about an hour later . . .

picture: malcom coles


Northern lights over Finland time-lapse

Posted: October 5th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, Favorite New Thought . . ., Get Out of the House, Socially Engineered, Verity Penfold | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Northern lights over Finland time-lapse

It’s got to be half way through the week, doesn’t it? Fag it, it’s time for a chill, a little midweek meditation. Check this STUNNING time-lapse from those fantastic Finns at Flatlight. It was shot earlier this year in several locations throughout Finnish Lapland. Just to set the mood, temperatures can plunge as low as -50°C in the winter and the sun is not seen for days on end during the polar night (kaamos). By contrast, summer brings out the Midnight Sun and temperatures can occasionally rise to 30°C, although summer temperatures in the 10-20°C are mostly the norm. July is the warmest month. Flatlight Films has created this beautiful time-lapse montage of the aurora borealis, the time-lapse is a commercial for Visit Finland.  Lapland is the Wild North of Finland and the last refuge of Finland’s Sámi people, who subsist on reindeer herding. There isn’t too much history to see, the end of the Second World War, retreating German troops implemented a scorched earth policy to punish their Finnish allies for agreeing to peace with the Soviet Union, razed everything in their path. By the time they were done, 100,000 people had fled, 675 bridges blown up, all major roads mined and the capital Rovaniemi had only 13 houses left standing. But then, people don’t come to Lapland for the architecture, they come here for the nature. While there are no craggy mountains or fjords here, the endless pine forests and the treeless rounded fells (tunturi) poking out between them can also be breathtakingly beautiful. Throw us a pair of mittens and a sensible hat and away we go!

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Aurora Borealis in Finnish Lapland 2011 from Flatlight Films on Vimeo.

For more beautiful aurora time-lapses, see:
– The Aurora Seen From The International Space Station
– Beautiful Time-Lapse Video of an Aurora Borealis in Norway
– Time Lapse of Aurora Borealis Over Tromsø, Norway