The importance of “verification” vs. “affirmation”

Bill Kovach and Tom Rosentiell write:

One of the risks of the new proliferation of outlets, talk programs, blogs, and interpretative reporting is that these forms have left verification behind.  A debate between opponents arguing with false figures or purely on prejudice fails to inform.  It only inflames.  It takes the society nowhere (43).

The following videos drive home these risks through satire.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Journalism Ethicist
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