I teach journalism and direct the Studio 20 program at NYU, critique the press, direct @membershippzzle. Started blogging in 2003. Still at it.
RT @nycmedialab: "In order for journalism to mean anything, it has to be independent." @vivianschiller talks w/ @jayrosen_nyu, @craignewmar…
RT @jayrosen_nyu: ⚡️ The 'truth sandwich' method for reporting on false or dubious claims https://twitter.com/i/moments/1264295349688115201 Concept explained with mu…
RT @jayrosen_nyu: Flooding the zone with shit works. It's an innovation in the American presidency. (Don't @ me about Russia.) The Democrat…
Flooding the zone with shit works. It's an innovation in the American presidency. (Don't @ me about Russia.) The Democrats have no answer to it. Nor do the journalists. The GOP is fine with it. It's the price Biden had to pay for a dumb ass statement compared to Trump's tornado.
Sign o' times: "Today, we start a new tradition. The Cape Cod Times will no longer publish daily editorials — except on rare occasions — or endorse political candidates." https://www.capecodtimes.com/opinion/20200524/note-to-readers-cape-cod-times-will-no-longer-take-editorial-positions-endorse-politicians
RT @jayrosen_nyu: First suggested by @GeorgeLakoff, the three-beat, "truth sandwich" method is a way of reporting on dubious claims, strate…
"The manufacture of confusion is just the ruins of Trump’s personality meeting the powers of the presidency. There is no genius there, only a damaged human being playing havoc with our lives." https://pressthink.org/2020/05/the-plan-is-to-have-no-plan/
One of my regrets is the number of times I’ve said or written the word “content”.
 
Yep. But "stuff" is too cloying.
 
And while “shit” may be more fun, it is equally useless in describing what it truly is.
⚡️ The 'truth sandwich' method for reporting on false or dubious claims https://twitter.com/i/moments/1264295349688115201 Concept explained with multiple examples on one page. I made this so I have a standard link to use for people new to the practice, and a place to store good sandwiches. 😎
It even fits in a tweet. https://twitter.com/jayrosen_nyu/status/1264278912898674688
 
With room for a link.
A "truth sandwich" rewrite for @WSJ: The Constitution says powers not given to the federal government are reserved to the states. Trump said today he would "override the governors" if they don't back his call to reopen churches this weekend. The President has no such authority. https://twitter.com/rebeccaballhaus/status/1263890323283103745
To prevent Americans from understanding what went on January to April is going to be one of the biggest propaganda and freedom of information fights in US history. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/one-final-viral-infusion-trumps-move-to-block-travel-from-europe-triggered-chaos-and-a-surge-of-passengers-from-the-outbreaks-center/2020/05/23/64836a00-962b-11ea-82b4-c8db161ff6e5_story.html So much of it is already public that everything will ride on the manufacture of confusion.
RT @jayrosen_nyu: She was hired to fight with the press. By showing up to be fought with, the press completes the logic of the appointment.…
She was hired to fight with the press. By showing up to be fought with, the press completes the logic of the appointment. Journalists say they must, for their job is to ask tough questions. About their use as hate object they say: comes with the territory. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/22/us/politics/trump-churches-coronavirus.html
Reading up on Dominic Cummings, I come across these lines by @harrytlambert. "What appear to be rules are in fact only conventions, and cannot be enforced. If voters want to elect liars, democracy empowers them to." https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2019/09/dominic-cummings-machiavel-downing-street I knew that, but man we are living it.
RT @jayrosen_nyu: "Truth sandwich" rewrite for CBS: The Constitution says powers not delegated to the federal government are reserved to t…
RT @jayrosen_nyu: "Truth sandwich" rewrite for CBS: The Constitution says powers not delegated to the federal government are reserved to t…
She was hired to fight with the press. When the press shows up to be fought with, they complete the logic of the apppointment. Alternative: switch to an emergency setting in coverage of the Trump government. https://pressthink.org/2020/03/today-we-switch-our-coverage-of-donald-trump-to-an-emergency-setting/ https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1263901443624521732
RT @ifindkarma: @jayrosen_nyu This is evil: “The plan is to have no plan, to let daily deaths between one and three thousand become a norm…
RT @pomeranian99: Here, @jayrosen_nyu distills what the Trump administration's plan is for coping with the coronavirus: https://t.co/6lSgwk…
Here's my thread describing the "truth sandwich" method of reporting on falsehoods and doubtful claims. It could be adopted as standard practice tomorrow. https://twitter.com/jayrosen_nyu/status/1262777356692881410
"Truth sandwich" rewrite for CBS: The Constitution says powers not delegated to the federal government are reserved to the states. Trump said today he will "override the governors" if they don't support his call to reopen houses of worship this weekend. He has no such authority. https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/1263967970209992704
Any reporter or pundit using the term "gaffe" in our present climate is not to be taken seriously. This is from two years ago... https://twitter.com/jayrosen_nyu/status/1049437352417001472
RT @ericsslater: @jayrosen_nyu @AP They are merely stenographers. Do better, @AP.
Truth sandwich rewrite for @AP: The Constitution says powers not delegated to the federal government are reserved to the states. Trump said today he will "override the governors" if they do not support his call to reopen houses of worship this weekend. He has no such authority. https://twitter.com/AP/status/1263893589316206594
Truth sandwich rewrite: The Constitution says powers not delegated to federal government are reserved to the states. Trump said today he'll "override the governors" if they don't open places of worship this weekend. His press secretary could cite no authority for such an action. https://twitter.com/Yamiche/status/1263891553363406848
.. @brianstelter had a good point today in his newsletter: Trump is making it clear that he is among those who do not view Fox News as a legitimate news organization. "If he did, he would not believe that Fox's job is to be working to help reelect him and other Republicans." https://twitter.com/pbump/status/1263570172113154048
RT @jayrosen_nyu: I love this from @benthompson: "I would pay, right now, $100 a year for someone to cover Madison, WI, my hometown, with…
RT @ThePlumLineGS: A suggestion: What if Trump is just thrashing around wildly, having become totally overwhelmed by a crisis that's well…
All the institutions failed. "The only check remaining is that of the 2020 ballot box." By @davidfrum https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/05/system-failed-test/611911/
RT @jayrosen_nyu: I love this from @benthompson: "I would pay, right now, $100 a year for someone to cover Madison, WI, my hometown, with…
I love this from @benthompson: "I would pay, right now, $100 a year for someone to cover Madison, WI, my hometown, with a daily email letting me know what happened— and if nothing happened, telling me exactly that! The point is to be informed, not to be served filler with ads."
Dear journalists, read this by @jayrosen_nyu and please act. Use it to guide #pandemic coverage & better inform the public. This administration is putting more work into wreaking havoc than doing good. Who does that? 🤔 "The plan is to have no plan." https://pressthink.org/2020/05/the-plan-is-to-have-no-plan/
One reason people see a strateg https://twitter.com/ThePlumLineGS/status/1263849806482595848
Heard the pharse "flooding the zone with shit?" Or maybe my formulation: the manufacture of confusion. This list of things from the past few days is via @MarshallCohen and @brianstelter
RT @risj_oxford: Here's what @jayrosen_nyu learned by watching the American press try to cover Donald Trump. 📺 Watch this #RISJSeminar wi…
RT @jayrosen_nyu: Without doubt my MVJ these days — most valuable journalist — is @edyong209. Impossible to read his latest, about America’…
RT @ifindkarma: @jayrosen_nyu This is evil: “The plan is to have no plan, to let daily deaths between one and three thousand become a norm…
"The plan is to have no plan, to let daily deaths between one and three thousand become a normal thing, and then to create massive confusion about who is responsible..." https://pressthink.org/2020/05/the-plan-is-to-have-no-plan/
The president appears to be gambling that openly tweeting his threats to disrupt the 2020 election will let him get away with them. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/05/trump-out-open/611875/ How to handle these scandals that are unhidden is a huge problem in political journalism. My thread about it last month: https://twitter.com/jayrosen_nyu/status/1253429526845026306
RT @AlxThomp: Surreal lede: “Donald Trump is set to arrive Thursday in Michigan, a state beset by the historic challenges of record 22.7%…
Also called crackpot realism. https://twitter.com/Yair_Rosenberg/status/1262559665226948609
Impressive. How to organize a conference that "meets" online. https://twitter.com/jsamditis/status/1263154053422383110
"Initial coverage of the Flynn decision garnered simplistic headlines, a lot of stenography, and a focus on the optics – mostly through a partisan lens. Republicans were supportive, Democrats were critical." By @froomkin https://presswatchers.org/2020/05/when-trump-takes-a-step-toward-autocracy-journalists-need-to-call-it-out/
RT @ifindkarma: @jayrosen_nyu This is evil: “The plan is to have no plan, to let daily deaths between one and three thousand become a norm…
If you missed it yesterday, my quick thread... https://twitter.com/jayrosen_nyu/status/1262777356692881410
Americans Who Rely Most on White House for COVID-19 News More Likely to Downplay the Pandemic. https://www.journalism.org/2020/05/20/americans-who-rely-most-on-white-house-for-covid-19-news-more-likely-to-downplay-the-pandemic/ People in this group are most likely to say the outbreak has been made too big of a deal, and journalists have been exaggerating the risks.
RT @jayrosen_nyu: "Instead of devolving control to the states, the Trump administration has ceded the U.S. to the virus." https://t.co/b0kj…
Without doubt my MVJ these days — most valuable journalist — is @edyong209. Impossible to read his latest, about America’s Patchwork Pandemic, without concluding that the United States are starting to break up, and devolve. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/05/patchwork-pandemic-states-reopening-inequalities/611866/ Incredible, but true.
"Instead of devolving control to the states, the Trump administration has ceded the U.S. to the virus." https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/05/patchwork-pandemic-states-reopening-inequalities/611866/ Think about that. Because it's true. It happened. As I said in my three-paragraph essay, "The plan is to have no plan." https://pressthink.org/2020/05/the-plan-is-to-have-no-plan/
"Fringe exceptions like anti-lockdown protests and packed restaurants... are more dramatic and telegenic than people responsibly staying at home, and so more likely to be covered. The risk is that rare acts of incaution will seem like normal behavior." https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/05/patchwork-pandemic-states-reopening-inequalities/611866/
I read this last night. For non-specialists, it's a good summary of the field of disinformation and explains why it's so difficult to oppose. https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/science-and-technology/epidemiology-misinformation-coronavirus-covid19-conspiracy-theory
"News isn’t always what’s new," says @MichaelSocolow. The habitual emphasis on "what's new today," and what "advances the story" may be preventing newsrooms from meeting their public service mission during a pandemic which is slow moving and ongoing. https://theconversation.com/aiming-for-novelty-in-coronavirus-coverage-journalists-end-up-sensationalizing-the-trivial-and-untrue-138506
RT @jayrosen_nyu: First suggested by @GeorgeLakoff, the three-beat, "truth sandwich" method is a way of reporting on dubious claims, strate…
RT @JamesFallows: This is correct.
I am re-upping this piece because it's good and you should read it. https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/05/why-the-uncle-joe-cant-internet-criticism-is-mostly-malarkey "Joe Biden is definitely losing the internet—but the North Star of his campaign is the normie voter, which means it shouldn’t become a meme factory." By @PeterHamby
I agree with Maggie Haberman here. "He's doing that to distract from this..." suggests a level of forethought and discipline that is just not there. Again and again, his tendencies are described as strategies because that make them easier to understand. https://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/1262765393212575744
Thanks for your cooperation. https://twitter.com/timwindsor/status/1262783185500454912 7/
As you can see from the example, the idea is to bracket the troublesome claim between accurate statements so that it is neither the first nor the last impression in a news bulletin. This is not a solution to the problem of how to report on false charges and likely BS, just... 4/
 
. a better practice that is not hard to learn, and could become newsroom policy tomorrow. Now you might ask, if it's a false charge or probably BS in the first place, why report it at all? Good Q. My A: sometimes the fact that someone is trying to put one over on us is news. 5/
A "truth sandwich" lede: There's no clear evidence that hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug, protects against Coronavirus. Donald Trump said today he's taking it, but his doctor would not confirm that, and medical experts have said it could have dangerous side effects. 3/
Finally, a personal plea. Don't @ me with what you think is the clever discovery that the "truth sandwich" is misnamed because the truth part is the bread and the lie is the meat so it's really a lie sandwich. Every time I post on this some wiseguy does that and it's annoying. 6/
First suggested by @GeorgeLakoff, the three-beat, "truth sandwich" method is a way of reporting on dubious claims, strategic deception and public lying WITHOUT giving undue publicity to a false or dubious claim, which can help it spread. This short thread explains... 1/
Here are the steps: 1.) State what is true. 2.) Report that a false or dubious claim has been made. (But only if it's newsworthy, meaning important for the public to know it happened. Otherwise use silence.) 3.) Repeat what the truth actually is. Now for an example... 2/
 
 
 
 
 
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