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"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived and dishonest -- but the myth -- persistent, persuasive and unrealistic." -- John F. Kennedy
In order to make even the most mundane of everyday decisions it is necessary to have good information. The public depends on television, radio and print media to deliver reliable and accurate information. For the most part, reporters and editors do their jobs and the result is an informed public. In some instances, however, the information relayed to the public is neither reliable nor accurate. Far too often, inaccurate information is reported and repeated until it achieves a certain myth status. The goal of this site is to debunk myths that take hold as a result of inaccurate or irresponsible media reports.
When inaccurate information is reported in the news media, especially when it is reported on the wire services and gets repeated worldwide, it is difficult to "take back" the initial report and correct the record. With the rise of new media such as talk radio and blogs, traditional media has come under increased scrutiny and some stories that in past generations might have been left to stand, have been exposed as misleading and/or false. Those instances, which are often relegated to small print at the back of the newspaper, will be compiled here.
Use the search box in the left sidebar to search for items related to specific issues. An overview of some of the major categories can be found by going directly to the List of Major Categories page. A list of some of the journalists and sources included in the Media Mythbusters wiki can be found by going directly to Journalists and Sources.
The goal of this site is to serve as a reliable resource providing news consumers with tools and information to allow them to determine how best to use the information they receive through various news sources. Click on The Media Mythbuster Mission to read the complete mission statement.
Some of the contributors posting at Media Mythbusters are members of the New Media with experience debunking and/or reporting on questionable reporting from major media outlets. A list of some of these can be found on the Contributors page.
The wiki is now open to posting by the general public. You must register and login first and all entries are subject to review. You can add sections as well as entries.
*** This is a fact-based media coverage site. Crude, vulgar, defamatory or false language will be deleted and anyone posting such entries will be banned indefinitely.
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