Most journalists I know try their best, under varied conditions, but mistakes do happen. Mistakes in reporting are sadly a function in being human. How we address and recognize those errors of course reflects on our character and the character of our profession. Transparency is important.
Of course it’s true: the industry does contain multitudes. I discussed somewhat the fact that there are journalists and ‘journalists’ in this piece on Reclaiming Journalism. Just because there are more people donning the mantle of a free press, doesn’t mean the market has to purchase the product equally.
Great points, Hank. Even as a journalist who spends much of the day reading news, I find it exhausting to parse fact from fiction, and read enough perspectives on an issue to feel adequately informed. News literacy is a craft that takes effort, especially in the distracted digital age.