1. Demand that reporters ask questions of fact.
- “How do you know that?”
- “What are your evidences of what you are saying?”
- “What your sources?”
2. Demand that reporters clarify the sources of evidence that a spokesperson is giving.
- “Where do your sources get their funding?”
- “What are the interests of those sources in providing that information?”
3. Demand that reporters follow up on stories to clarify open-ended questions raised when the story first broke.
If readers and consumers of media make demands similar to these, then this unthinking equivalency will begin to die and true, incisive journalism will thrive.
Brett Dickerson, writer, blogger, independent reporter and teacher.