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What, is fact-checking no longer part of journalism training? 
2nd-May-2009 03:25 pm
we have a problem with your brain being
So I'm reading a story on xenophobic reactions to the H1N1 flu outbreak, and I come across this sentence:
In an interview, [talk radio host Michael] Savage, who says he has a Ph.D in epidemiology and human nutrition from the University of California-Berkeley, said his remarks were based on science.
I'm sorry, "who says he has a Ph.D."? Who says he has a Ph.D. from UCB?

Did nobody pick up the damn telephone to call the registrar at Cal to verify this?

Well, maybe they couldn't figure out how to reach the registrar. I mean, it is awfully difficult to find their contact information.

And to be pedantic, the name of the school is University of California, Berkeley or UC Berkeley or UCB or even Cal. Not "University of California-Berkeley". See page 14.
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3rd-May-2009 01:52 am (UTC)
Since CNN started "reporting" by simply reading live from "prominent" blogs, I take all media reports with several Morton cylinders of salt. (okay, since long before then, but once they started being blatant about it all bets were off)
3rd-May-2009 03:37 am (UTC)
But if you're only saying he says he has a Ph.D., there's no need to check whether he actually has one. :-)
4th-May-2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
It's all in a day's bullshit. This morning I heard on NPR, a story so diheartening in it's white privileged bullshit that I wanted to drive to wherever Corey Flintoff is and bitchslap him, but good.

It was a story on pirates.

Fuck. Him.

I realize that the United Nations is a relatively obscure body, poorly suited to the discussion of international concerns, but they HAVE been publishing reports since at least 2005 regarding the atrocities being committed off the coasts of Somalia, simply because they haven't the wherewithal to stop it: dumping European nuclear waste on one side, and doing hugely illegal fishing on the other. During a tsunami, notes one report, barrels of LEAKING NUCLEAR FUCKING WASTE washed up on shore. How do you suppose that's playing out for the Somalis?

Yet, per Corey's report, we're to think, once again, that Africans are stupid, greedy, incapable of self-governance, pushing for-profit companies into financially untenable positions (imagine if merchant ships had to be armed!!! oh, heavens!!! how inconvenient!!!). In short, they need outside governments to come and run things for them, poor lambs, so that they can get on their feet and take care of their unruly sons who are holding the world hostage with their virulent pirating ways.

Are you FUCKING kidding me???

Sorry. It's just that your story set me on a vent spree.

I feel better now.

Really.

Did you call the registrar? I'm dying to know if he's got a PhD. Here's what Wikipedia says: "Michael Savage was born Michael Alan Weiner to a Jewish family with Russian origins living in the Bronx.[1][4] He described his childhood as difficult, due to his father's "gruff and profane" personality.[1] His father died of a heart attack in his fifties.

After graduating from Jamaica High School,[5] Savage attended Queens College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in education and sociology. After college Savage taught high school for several years in New York City. His first marriage to Carol Ely in 1964 ended in divorce, and he remarried after meeting his current wife Janet in 1967. His first wife says that she became pregnant twice and aborted both pregnancies.[1] During this time Savage also worked for famous psychedelic drug advocate Timothy Leary as keeper of the stone gatehouse on Leary's Millbrook estate. Leary hired him to the post because Savage did not use LSD himself.[1] Savage then earned two master's degrees in ethnobotany and anthropology from the University of Hawaii. He obtained a Ph.D. in 1978 from the University of California, Berkeley, in nutritional ethnomedicine. His thesis was titled Nutritional Ethnomedicine in Fiji. Savage spent many years researching botany in the South Pacific and has a background in alternative medicine. As a result of being outside of the US Savage avoided the Vietnam draft. While in the South Pacific, he became fascinated with the 19th-century sailor Charles Savage, who was believed to be the man that first brought firearms to Fiji.[6]

Savage and his second wife have two children, a daughter and a son; his son, Russell, is the founder of the company that produces the Rockstar energy drink, where Janet serves as chief financial officer.[1]"
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