The so-called paper-of-record publishes an ironic bit of journalistic advice this morning that seems to be compensating for election time criticism of the mainstream narrative.
Here's the premise . . .
Always check the source
Remember, professional journalists with established news outlets base their reputations on the reliability of what they report. The news business is highly competitive, so legitimate sources have a huge incentive to get things right. If multiple newsrooms are reporting the same story in a similar way, it’s likely to be based in reality.
A single social media account, especially one whose sources are not disclosed, deserves much more scrutiny when it is sharing a story not corroborated by others.
If you’re unfamiliar with a website touting news you haven’t seen reported elsewhere, look more closely. Reputable news sources identify the journalists reporting stories, and often give readers biographical information and ways to read their other work.
This isn't bad advice.
In fact . . .
Check the historic 2020 murder count and notice THAT EVERY OTHER NEWS OUTLET IN KANSAS CITY DISPUTES THE STAR'S IMAGINARY NUMBER.
By their own standards, the newspaper's reporting on the most important issue in Kansas City in 2020 merits at least a few "false" warning signs.
And that's just the start of their contradictions which don't begin to take into account the truly humorless publication read mostly by a shrinking contingent of equally magisterial subscribers quivering behind a paywall.
You decide . . .