"Officials say" journalism; show this to anyone who still reads/watches MSMSubmitted by jay26783 on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 23:10
Though it's a few years old, I'm sure that many of you- like me- haven't seen this before... It is astounding.
It is satire; but it is based on a real piece of NYT "reporting." Here are the many 'sources' upon which the NYT based its 'reporting', as quoted directly from the real NYT article itself:
U.S. Says...United States intelligence asserts...reflects broad agreement among American intelligence agencies...civilian and military officials from a broad range of government agencies provided...military officials say...The officials said...The assessment was described in interviews over the past several weeks with American officials...Administration officials said...according to the intelligence...According to American intelligence...Some American intelligence experts believe...they assert...notes a still-classified American intelligence report...a senior administration official said...according to Western officials...Officials said...An American intelligence assessment described to The New York Times said...Other officials believe...American military officers say...American officials say...According to American intelligence agencies...Assessments by American intelligence agencies say...Marine officials say...American intelligence agencies are concerned...Gen. Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said last week.
Be sure to read not only the satirical piece linked above, but also the actual NYT piece that inspired it (linked in the article, but can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/10/world/middleeast/10weapons...).
And be sure to show this to anyone who still reads the NYT, or relies on MSM for their 'news.'
I guarantee you they will think twice about the credibility of a story anytime they hear anything resembling "officials say."