If you’re paying attention to the headlines, you’re seeing a lot of bad news these days.
What with COVID-19 to start with — there’s no way we’ll get good news from a nasty pandemic — and then China and Iran being militant, not to mention Russia messing with our elections again, it’s easy to feel inundated by the horrors of life on Earth right now. Every new story just adds to the pressure until it feels like we’re buried in an avalanche of ills and awfuls.
So I’d like to take a moment to remind you of some things you might be forgetting: (more…)
The Not Fake News now has Editorial Oversight and Advisory Board. Nick Maloney and McKenzie Kieth have joined us to offer their wit, erudition, and sense of perspective going forward.
One of the dangers faced by the press is the potential to misuse the power of the written word, whether to unfairly promote one’s own bias or, as often, causing unintended harm through irresponsible reporting. The Board exists as a way to keep us honest, to provide a voice of reason when called for, and to help rein in any excesses brought on by caffeine overdose. (more…)
There’s an old tale of a newsroom editor educating a copy boy thus: “When a dog bites a man, that is not news, because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that is news.” Another, pithier version runs as follows: “You never read about a plane that didn’t crash.”
The average reader of modern news would be stunned to realize just how rare it is that planes actually do crash, or that the world is about to end, or even that people get killed by rogue policemen. That last is actually quite a remarkable statistic: The odds of someone’s (more…)