This isn’t new, but it’s the first time I’ve seen it. Are we “going forward to the past”? I have to admit, I worry a lot about this problem of the public not knowing how to judge when/if information is reliable. I keep thinking about what happens to the public’s perception of the media when, say, a nice lady gets fired from her job because of a deliberate hatchet job (I am of course talking about the firing of Shirley Sherrod). I agree with those who think improving media literacy in the U.S. is very important. I think it’s crucial.
Anyway, we all have to do a lot better — as journalists and as citizens.