Worst mainstream news article ever?
Okay, ladies and gentlemen...
Every now and then, our hobby makes an appearance here and there in the mainstream news media. Unfortunately, many the articles are often-times controversial among ham radio operators. They're never always perfect.
What's the worst mainstream news article that you've ever read about ham radio? Of course, when I say that, what I'm referring to exactly is certain aspects such as 1)poor research, 2)inaccuracy, 3)bias, 4)general laziness... etc.
What was so bad about it? What exactly did the reporter say within the article about ham radio, which rubbed you the wrong way?
I was just thinking, you only hear 1% of the real news in the media, so I found it interesting that 99% of Ham stories are never written.
Originally Posted by KX1EQX
Why get upset about 1% :-)
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I have found over the years that whenever I have had intimate knowledge of some event, then read about it in the news, I see that they inevitably screwed up many of the details and often reported the facts completely wrong.
One of the most infamous media gaffes concerning amateur radio in recent years was the "faintly embarrassing" incident.
Scroll down to the 13th paragraph:
Power Line Named Blog of the Year: TIME also names Power Line its Blog of the Year. �Before this year, blogs were a curiosity, a cult phenomenon, a faintly embarrassing hobby on the order of ham radio and stamp collecting.
But in 2004, blogs unexpectedly vaulted into the pantheon of major media, alongside TV, radio and, yes, magazines, and it was Power Line, more than any other blog, that got them there,� writes TIME�s Lev Grossman. See separate press release.
-----> I. Drink. Your. Milkshake!
I feel the same way. Plus I doubt if anyone besides hams ever reads the news stories about ham radio, anyway.
Originally Posted by K5OKC
Reporters have been garbling news stories ever since news was invented, and the garbling is not unique to ham radio.
Originally Posted by KX1EQX
Pick just about any article about anything in most media outlets and you'll find that. Include poor English in the list. Seems like nobody proofreads anything any more.
Of course, when I say that, what I'm referring to exactly is certain aspects such as 1)poor research, 2)inaccuracy, 3)bias, 4)general laziness... etc.
There is no conspiracy to write bad articles about hams. It's just a general trend.
What happens more often than not is some reporter goes in with a preconception of what ham radio is: Either it's CB or it's "quaint" or archaic. So that's what they expect, that's what they'll look for, that's what they'll write about.
What exactly did the reporter say within the article about ham radio, which rubbed you the wrong way?
I also would say that if a reporter interviews some ham and comes away with the same impression they went in with, that's not necessarily all the reporter's fault. Very few hams are prepared or equipped to do good interviews. And that includes many "public relations" officers from clubs, IMO.