[Ed. – Good question.]
Once again, we media types have egg on our collective face. And it’s our own impatience that is to blame.
Over the last few days, we rushed to weigh in on a BuzzFeed story alleging that Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress and then followed suit by rushing to judgment on a video of high school kids seemingly taunting a Native American demonstrator.
Rather than circle the wagons or pretend this didn’t happen—or search for some half-hearted explanation to justify our initial reaction to the news—we should put as much emphasis on the corrections as we did on the original story. Then, we should do some serious soul-searching about how to prevent future errors.
The first step is admitting there is a problem. We journalists, opinion leaders, and, yes, civilians must try and kick our addiction to forming quick conclusions without all of the facts.
Yes, we are living in a time and news ecosystem that compels this behavior. Competition and technological developments (I’m looking at you, Twitter) have made quick reactions, hot takes, and context-free analysis more tempting than ever.