Media watch – Saturday

22 December 2018

MediaWatch

Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media.

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  1. Missy

     /  December 22, 2018

    This week in Germany a case of journalistic fraud on a grand scale has come to light, it shows that we need to be careful what we read, even in publications of repute by award winning journalists.

    Der Spiegel journalist Claas Relotius is now under investigation regarding made up sources and interviews for his stories. He has confessed to making some things up, and has returned his journalistic awards, but otherwise has gone into hiding from the media.

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/claas-relotius-reporter-forgery-scandal-a-1244755.html

    In one story about a rural town in America almost everything he wrote was made up, two locals wrote a story where they fact checked all claims, and corrected 10 fabricated claims.

    https://spectator.us/der-spiegel-small-town/

    This brings into question not only what is being reported, but also the fact checking and editing of what is being published. In this time of immediacy it appears fact checking and accuracy are being sacrificed for a sensational story. This also brings into question how authorities will police fake news as they try to crack down on misinformation being spread via the internet. The misinformation this journalist spread was via long established print media outlets.