Thursday, August 23, 2012
REPORTING TUT: NIALL FERGUSON, NEWS OR COMMENT
Where exactly does the boundary lie between News (note the capital letter) and commentary?
Take Niall Ferguson. As an historian, he attempts to anchor his arguments in fact. News is, of course, fact. But our definition of fact can still be problematic.
An article he wrote has polarised opinion in the US and fired many liberals with fury at the way he has misrepresented facts, as I attempt to show for anyone in my Tutorials who's interested . . .
This is the original article:
This piece deconstructs the argument Ferguson attempts to make:
And this piece from the supposedly authoritative Lowy Interpreter (based in Sydney) suggests that people will just keep saying whatever they want about anything: