A question I have to ask...

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    Do many, perhaps most, members who create threads in the Politics, CDZ and Current Events subforums yearn to be news reporters?

    I have to ask because so often OP content and titles contains little more than a lifted headline and perhaps the OP-er's thinly presented opinion on the "headline." Often enough, the "headline" and OP says nothing that can't be obtained from consuming the content of any news outlet. Thus, I've often found myself wondering whether folks genuinely see USMB as a "practice pen" for budding cub reporters?
     
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    We all failed journalism school.
     
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    Since most "news reporters" these days appear to be offering their opinions rather than news, maybe.
     
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    Actually that's what news commentators (editorialists) and analysts do. News reporters still just deliver the "who, what, when, where, how and why" of a story. It's the audience's job to discern when they are consuming an editorial and when they are consuming a news report.
     
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    Perhaps you're right. One'd have thought that failure would dissuade folks from persisting to try to be a journalist. One hopes failed physicists aren't out there making nuclear bombs and launching satellites.
     
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    You are too new to remember the Nigerian poster who ran a Nigerian news magazine here for a month or so. Just kept opening threads including nothing but a copied Nigerian news article and maybe a five word sentence. Then there's MindWars, who shares with us a good deal of InfoWars' offerings on a daily basis. Like with any magazine, if you aren't interested, don't open it.

    Don't you ever remark on a news article from the paper and just want to talk it over?
     
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    That's the way it's supposed to be. Obviously, you didn't read my response. That's a pattern with you and probably why you keep asking the same question.
     
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    I did read your response. I saw the "maybe" at the end of it.
     
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    Guess I should have been more definite and said, "many, perhaps most" LOL
     
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    Yes...as if we can't merely click on that site and read it too, for it's not as though Mindwars shares much, if anything, that isn't found in the source article.

    Decide for yourself: http://www.usmessageboard.com/search/12094120/. I'm sure I have, but I don't make a habit of parroting a news story and posting no analysis of my own that goes beyond the story a news organization published and I yet manage to broach a variety of topics.

    I don't think there's anything wrong with the news catalyzing one's interest in discussing a matter. I think that one's having little of analytical substance to present besides the news story itself adds nothing that the original writer of the published story didn't address.
     
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