[Random Scribbles are my occasional posts of half-formed thoughts, half-baked ideas, and off-the-cuff observations.]
A year ago, I discussed some of the shortcomings of modern journalism. And not much has changed in that time.
Today, I can add to the list of inept professionals who fail at the most basic skill in news reporting: asking the hard questions to get to the facts. In the spotlight is Jeanine Pirro, a “television personality” with Fox News.
While broadcasting a segment on terrorism in Western Europe, Pirro allowed her guest, an alleged “expert” on terrorism, to spout a complete falsehood about how Birmingham, England, has been entirely taken over by Muslims.
Pirro didn’t question his statement at all. She just looked on with an “I can’t believe it” expression on her face.
How these people get hired–and stay hired–boggles my mind.