Some may recommend reading the daily newspaper to be informed but my experience is that people who do that tend to be noticeably less informed about reality. My view is that this is because modern journalism has a status obsessed monoculture that exceeds even that of academia so they are not only ignorantly parochial in thought but almost unable to even imagine others could think differently.
Let’s take just some recent examples. There is no need to dig back years (e.g. Walter Duranty) because this kind of thing is a never ending stream.
A New York Times article about a gun related accident which makes no sense to any one who actually knows how a fire arm works, despite the layers of fact checkers and editors. Just more monkey fishing. But there’s no pattern here.
Global warmening. Heh.
It’s hardly unexpected that the American Street’s trust in Old Media is at an historic low except to those in Old Media who from their published columns are utterly mystified by this. If any other industry with that kind of public image problem were a failing industry, Old Media would automatically assign the blame for the decline on the industry for so ill serving its customers. But self introspection is quite the lost art among the journalistic set.
UPDATE: Someone else has compiled a far more definitive list than mine, which was mainly just things I had open in my browser tabs.
1 One of the obvious questions about non-TranZis buying newspapers is how to deal with that staff monoculture. Business graveyards are filled with managers who tried to work against an existing culture and failed. But if half the staff would voluntarily downsize you would actually have a chance, especially since it is very likely to be the most hard core who leave. Improve the culture and control staff size — win win.