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‘On The Media’ Presents: A Consumer’s Guide To Breaking News

When breaking news happens, it’s almost always the case that the reporting (and misreporting) of the events shares in the spotlight. (Case in point, of the Navy Yard mass shooting, this week.)

Today, our public radio friends at On The Media, take a proactive approach,

OTM Producer Alex Goldman comes up with nine tips like: «Don’t trust anonymous sources,» because, for example, a «law enforcement official» could be anyone from «the FBI to a cop in a car.»

Also: «Compare multiple sources,» because as NPR’s Andy Carvin tells them: «you can triangulate that information and get to some nugget of truth.»

The Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook

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