Савелий Балалайкин (balalajkin) wrote,
Савелий Балалайкин
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О необходимости чтения между строчек - в Австралии, Карл

I'm sorry to say that this really is how lots of journalism works. As soon as I stopped parroting my anti-cult banter for them I stopped being one of the quoted "experts". News outlets seem to have a pool of "experts" that they draw upon for reliable bursts of outrage. I remember fondly the days when I was an acknowledged "expert" on Islamic/West tensions. But when I stopped singing the simplistic but politically correct 'Muslims are victims of racism' tune and offered a more nuanced and subtle account of those tensions in Australian society I dropped off the map and no one from the newspapers ever rang me again. It's a crude system of selection and censorship. You learn quickly when dealing with the media that they want you to say what they want you to say, and if you don't there is an ever-present danger that they might make you into a news story: "Academic Supports Cult! Victims Outraged!'

There are journalists of integrity but the newspapers they work for are, without exception, political confections. So you need to take this into account when you pick up a newspaper. Read through filters.

http://harpermcalpineblack.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/experts-and-outrage.html

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