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ConsortiumInfo: The Return of Them

May 22, 2006, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"For the last couple of weeks I've been writing a number of blog entries focusing on poorly researched and deliberately misleading items in the news. One of those pieces is called The Script Reloaded: Recognizing 'Them.' The first premise of that entry was that it's easy to spot opinion pieces that derive from a common source, based on the points made and the language used. The second was that there's a difference between pieces from interested sources that are based on 'talking points,' and planted stories that contain the same message, but disclose its source. For example, you expect an op/ed piece by a vendor officer, or a quote from a vendor spokesperson, to be toeing the party line. But when you read a 'citizen' op/ed piece, you don't necessarily expect it to have been vendor-influenced unless there's the usual italicized disclosure at the end of the piece..."

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