Journalist messes up

Journalism has become very formulaic.

something old

something new

something for a future hook

That makes it easy to put together stories and perpetuate misinformation.

One half truth plus another half truth does not, however, produce a whole truth. Rather, the result is more likely a big fat lie. “Fake news” resonates because it is self-evident that neither historical references nor predictions are new. A bit of gossip sandwiched between the past and the future is an insult to human intelligence.

The press problem is, like the law enforcement problem, systemic. Everybody wanting to tell other people how to behave.