“Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light”.
Joseph Pulitzer, American publisher, (1847-1911)
In the era if internetized information, every piece of information comes with misinformation! What’s the source of this (mis)information?? I think most of the misinformation processed in your mind comes from “MEDIA” i.e print media and e-media. Media sometimes unavoidably/intentionally report incorrect information because of the need for timely news coverage. Most crunch of the information savvy people believe whatever comes in media sometimes believe as if it’s a Gospel Truth. Many news papers and news channels sometimes report/broadcast without due verification of the facts. The growth of cable TV, talk radio, and the Internet have made it easier for people to find news sources that support their existing views, a phenomenon known as “selective exposure”. When people have more media options to choose from, they are more biased toward like-minded media sources(sic!). The emergence of the Internet in particular has led to a fractionation of the information
I would like to present here the news appeared in the e-media where you find many versions of a single story that too reported by reputed news agencies! If that’s the case?? Whose version is to be believed?? Many of us know that on the eve of Republic day, list of Padma awardees was announced by Govt.The curious case of “Refusal of Padma Bhushan by Singer S.Janaki” is one such example where you can see misinformation coupled with “fractionation” of information.
Here I would cite news published by reputed news agencies related to the above curious case 😉
As you can observe above, the underlined phrase tells the truth of “fractionation” of (mis)information.One media agency has written she refused because nepotism, another has written because of it was too late and the other has written she should have been awarded with coveted Bharat Ratna! Do not Know what Janaki amma said to reporters! I wonder why reporters do not write her statement“verbatim”?? Often there’s been many instances where Editors deliberately cut the information and paste the propaganda which keeps people minds occupied with gossip for long time.i would like to end with a Quote of Walter Lippmann, American journalist,~”There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil”