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Chriss Scherer Scherer has been the editor of Radio magazine since 1997. His experience in radio includes work as chief engineer at stations in Cleveland (WMMS-FM, WHK-AM, WZJM-FM, WJMO-AM...more

Archive for September 28th, 2009

This is How Rumors are Started

I recently saw an example of cyclical reporting. One news source reported on an event. Another news source had a story on the same event, with most (if not all) of the second story’s info being cited from the first.

Then the first source runs a follow-up article on the story citing the second source.

Will #2 have a similar follow-up to cite #1? Has this created a perpetual motion machine?

And we wonder how bad information is created and spread. The first source is mostly reliable in this instance. The second source tried to be reliable, but I know it has a tendency to interpret things a little differently. It becomes the game of telephone from there.

With this practice of newsgathering, why run any news at all?

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