Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook

I’m swamped with thesis writing this weekend, but I saw this on Twitter this week and thought it was worth a repost:

It’s from a series from WNYC, and it was actually originally posted over 4 years ago. They have a whole series of these, which I have not looked through, but it would be interesting to click on them every time something bad happens and see how the advice holds up.

One thought on “Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook

  1. Music to my ears, of course.

    I would add that there are professional PR and political organisations, an entire DC industry employing thousands of people, that are not just winging it and hoping for the best when news breaks. They have piles of things to get out immediately whenever the next mass shooting, racist vandalism, sexist remark by a public figure, or sex scandal occurs. They are set up and tindered, waiting only for a match. And that is just the beginning. They also have the projected media response by their opposition and how they are going to refute and undermine that.

    People still believe that “Hands up, don’t shoot” was real and that Ferguson cops are racist, because of the enormous success a few groups had in getting their narrative out first. Our level of suspicion is so far below what it should be when a dramatic event occurs that nearly all of us believe one untrue version or the other.

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