The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Thomas E. Patterson argues that today’s journalists are not providing trustworthy and relevant news and that reporters too often give equal weight to facts and biased opinion, stir up small controversies, and substitute “infotainment” for real news. In Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism, Patterson looks at the problems with the press’s eroding quality, and he proposes a corrective. Patterson is a professor in the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.


Thomas E. Patterson

Comments [10]

Tony Soprano from NJ

This was great, NPR is a left wing loony station, all things Obama... There are half truths galore with every story. The GOP is never properly represented.

Dec. 12 2013 07:05 PM
John A

Ha-Ha. Someone at WNYC has turned on a web gadget that makes it nearly impossible for me to type into this form. Entertainment first (to the other commenters point) indeed. But thanks for the onair material - pretty solid.

Dec. 12 2013 12:48 PM
ej from ny

a big part of this discussion left out is exactly how the effects of consolidation play out internally. It's easy for this guy to come from Harvard and say "there is a demand for knowledge based journalism, therefore it will happen." But isn't that exactly what our government says about the economy, and middle class jobs, yet do happens, but growing corporate wealth, while millions simply get cut from being counted in the unemployment numbers. .

Dec. 12 2013 12:46 PM


"Mr. Lopate isn't going to challenge the guest's characterization of TARP?

The financial bailout "one of the greatest successes"?"

Compared to what would have happened without it, TARP was a success. It should have held back or limited bonuses to the folks that helped to put is in dutch but that ship has sailed.

Dec. 12 2013 12:44 PM
ej from ny

Is it really a question of miss information? I don't think people want knowledge as much as entertainment. It seems to me from the daily show to fox new, they basically report the same subject: news that is new. IF you are just a laughing head, with no need for knowledge (why do you need to know about Obama's selfie?) aren't you going to get essentially the same story. .

Dec. 12 2013 12:35 PM

Is there anyway to get a cable/broadcast journalism standard that labels ALL file footage with the date and time of orination? I think that too many telejournalists are using file footage to give the impression that archive footage is new.

Dec. 12 2013 12:35 PM

From the barely ten minutes I've heard thus far, the contrast between this author and book and one like Manufacturing Consent (Herman, Chomsky) is already striking. (and not in a way that reflects favorably upon the current author)

Dec. 12 2013 12:34 PM

Mr. Lopate isn't going to challenge the guest's characterization of TARP?

The financial bailout "one of the greatest successes"?

For /whom/?

Dec. 12 2013 12:30 PM

"Knowledge-based News"?!? That's almost a laughable concept. When I was a kid the 7pm half-hour was Cronkite or Huntley/Brinkly time. Now it's Hollywood gossip time.

The consumers of that product would need the gray matter to make sense of the product. Americans - by design and desire - are significantly dumber than they were a generation ago. News bureaus are being eliminated nearly everywhere and what passes for news is some copywriter skimming the Internet for headlines and passing it on.

Responsible journalism is just one more industry smashed by the advent of the Internet. Does your book cover a good way out of the morass? If so, I'll read it.

Dec. 12 2013 12:29 PM

I wonder how your guest views the Pakistani media. IMO, it is more free than our media in so far as anything can be published but figuring out the truth is, if not impossible, impossible.

Dec. 12 2013 12:23 PM

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