This, from the NYC, on the phenomenon of apparently sane, qualified and respectable journalists, reporting something because it’s on the internet, without checking, speaks to me. I know there is a terrible temptation to do it Because Everyone Else Is and the page views will be huge. It’s also an easy way to wipe out integrity and trust from readers who have a relationship with us. “This is journalism as an act of pointing — ‘Look over here, this is interesting,’ ” he said. He says uncertainty about a story’s veracity is unlikely, in most cases, to keep an editor from posting it. “I think BuzzFeed
is probably a little bummed they are being called out, but they are not going to start asking for three sources,” I take the point, but I’d argue that it’s not journalism as an act of pointing – it’s just parroting something someone else has said, regardless of veracity.