Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tweets, Lies, and the Sunday Independent

You can’t help but sigh wearily at all this fuss about the anonymous Tweet on RTE. We’ve had to endure various po-faced discussions in the conventional media about the flakiness of the new media. You would imagine from the pious effusions coming from these discussions that they always tell the truth and that their sources are impeccable. Distortion, bias, sloppiness, proprietorial agendas, and downright lies are the stock in trade of a lot of the traditional media. Take the Sunday Independent for example – and the Harris’s crazed campaign against RTE. And the Irish Times is not immune as its reporting of Caroline Walsh’s death attests.