While cooking dinner, I was pondering a twitter conversation, and some news reports that had been referenced. With my vast expanse of science journalism (hah) on the one hand, and personal insight into major newsworthy events on the other, I realized there was a universal law waiting to be articulated.
Here, then, is Grant’s First Law of Journalism:
All news articles contain at best one error, and probably more than one untruth.
If this is true, then whenever you read, hear or watch a news report, you must know that it is somehow fundamentally flawed if not not outright wrong. And if you can’t find anything obviously wrong, you’re not looking hard enough.