All the ‘news’ that’s fit to parrot

2005/12/03 at 12:11

Over at BoingBoing, Dale Dougherty traces the genesis of a news story, in this case, retail sales numbers for ‘Black Friday’. He shows how this story, which is communicated on every news media every year after Thanksgiving, starts with a press release based on very questionable market research methods from an industry trade group, and then gets repeated as fact by news media.