Tuesday, January 24, 2017

FAKE NEWS

In recent years there has been a steady decline in the professionalism, accuracy and quality of the various Media outlets and the social media.  In the rush to get there first with a story the shoddy Media - lets call it the really shoddy social media - have resorted to making up stories.  When growing up in the late 30's and 40's this was called lying and got one punished in our house.

Fake news includes inaccurate and unsupported stories all of which in the last year have been published without correction or apology.  Now it seems this attitude has spread to the maritime blogs.  One blog which was generally pretty good about its posts has slipped in accuracy lately including quoting from European tabloids.  A recent post was about H.M.S. Vengeance and its missile launches off the coast of Florida part of its programme to Certify boat and crew  The story was an ill advised, inaccurate choice in subject matter as to what happened and how the incident was reported to a Foreign Nations Government.  The Blog is written and published by a United States based author who would have been better advised not to have become involved in the affairs of a Foreign Nation and in particular a subject which involved that Foreign Nation's National Security and its Official Secrets Act.

NAUTICAL LOG would respectfully suggest to the Blog author that the post and its - so far - two comments be removed as a courtesy to that Foreign Nations Government and its Prime Minister who arrives to meet with the current U.S. Administration this week.

Many times data crosses the NAUTICAL LOG desk which at first look seems like making an interesting post but on further examination and assessment in this very troubled World thought best to pass over.  It is better to look at the big picture rather than just what is allowed for publication under the U.S. Constitution.  In fact its all part of being a mature responsible person, writer and publisher.

Good Watch.

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