Harker Research: Pew Distorts & Misleads To Torpedo Radio ... Again
March 17, 2011 at 4:05 AM (PT)
TUESDAY (NET NEWS 3/15), The PEW PROJECT FOR EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM's annual "State of the News Media" report was released, and the study concluded that the news media industry is showing signs of recovery but that "in the digital realm the news industry is no longer in control of its own future," with additional layers of distribution and advertising sales meaning that both revenue and aggregation of content are in the hands of "technology companies outside journalism."
Now, HARKER RESEARCH begs to differ, writing "PEW calls it the 'Project for Excellence in Journalism,' but it is really anything but. Excellence doesn’t come from patching together a journalistic quilt of conflicting and contradictory research to support a biased and agenda-ridden narrative. Excellence doesn’t come from selectively choosing data that supports a predetermined narrative while burying data that doesn’t."
HARKER is subtle as a sledgehammer when noting, "One has to gasp at the inaccuracies and misleading characterizations made ... This is simply an uninformed opinion based on nothing. It isn’t objective. It has nothing to do with excellence nor journalism nor even PEW's own research."
"The people behind this report appear convinced that radio is on the ropes," continues HARKER, "and they seem prepared to dismiss (or hide) any facts to the contrary. Radio's imminent demise fits into a nice simple storyline, even if it is fictional."
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