Thursday, May 07, 2009

Quote Mining in the News...

The Huffington Post frankly tends to be just as sensationalistic as the right-of-center blogs* and thus I can't really say I'm a huge fan, but I ran into this post today and thought it was pretty interesting. It highlights a video contrasting edited down news footage from Fox News with longer clips of the same events as reported on other news stations. It's a good reminder of how snipping a few seconds off the beginning or end of a quote can utterly change its meaning.

*Remember this boner of an article from last year when the Huffington Post helped give traction to a rumor from the Daily Kos that Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol was actually the mother of Palin's down syndrome child Trig?

4 comments:

Jay said...

FOX News? Twisting a story? I'm flabbergasted!

It's important to keep in mind that quote-mining isn't limited to one end of the liberal/conservative spectrum though, and it's always a good idea to refer back to primary sources if something is important enough to lose sleep over.

Skippy the Skeptic said...

No doubt. I'm an MSNBC guy myself but they're certainly not the most intellectually honest source either. I had a prof in college who was fond of saying that if you wanted to know what was going on in the U.S. your best bet was watching the BBC.

Jay said...

Your prof was right. Another reasonably neutral source is the Christian Science Monitor.

Chivid said...

Are we 20 minutes into the future yet?