By: Alex Goldman
This week’s shooting at the DC Navy Yard was the latest in a long string of breaking news reporting to get many of the essential facts wrong.
In fact, the rampant misreporting that follows shootings like this is so predictable that OTM has unintentionally developed a formula for covering them. We look at how all the bad information came out. We suggest ways that the news media could better report breaking news. This time, we’re doing something different.
This is our Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook. Rather than counting on news outlets to get it right, we’re looking at the other end. Below are some tips for how, in the wake of a big, tragic story, you can sort good information from bad. We’ve even made a handy, printable PDF that you can tape to your wall the next time you encounter a big news event.
Today was the first day of school in Gaza. Many students did not return after the summer break. Heartbreaking pictures.
SPIN Magazine: Illuminati Propaganda at MTV VMAs Through and Through.
By: Lilufa Uddin
Modesty is something many of us appreciate and aspire to, regardless of our religious and/or social backgrounds. It is often thought highly as a human attribute as well as activity. Those who show modesty are praised and looked up to. Unfortunately for some people, modesty is not inclusive in their vocabulary or lifestyle.
“Racism in this country is still far too prominent at the government and law enforcement levels. #Ferguson right now looks like a scene out of the 60s. Young African Americans are being gunned down unarmed and young Latinos deported unjustly. We lead the world in incarcerated citizens. What value system are we trying to project on the rest of the globe?” – Omar Suleiman
By: Frud Bezhan
Shi’ite satellite television networks in Iran have come under fire for alleged anti-Sunni programming.
Iran’s Intelligence Ministry said in an August 4 statement that a number of people working for local and foreign-based Shi’ite satellite channels were arrested during recent raids on “illegal offices” in the provinces of Qom, Tehran, Isfahan, and Khorasan.
The arrest warrants were issued by the country’s judiciary, according to Iranian media reports.
By: Sarah Lazare
The United States was the only country in the world that voted Wednesday against the United Nations investigating human rights violations in Gaza unleashed by Israel’s military assault.
Of the 47 members of the UN Human Rights Council, 29 nations voted to set up a commission to launch an international, independent inquiry, effectively passing the resolution. Seventeen countries abstained, including Germany, France, and the United Kingdom.
Geologists have discovered China’s largest gold mine in the Muslim majority province of Xinjiang, according to the state news agency Xinhau.
The new find, close to the border with Kyrgzstan, has proven gold reserves of 127 tonnes, Xinhua said. If the estimates are correct, the reserves could be worth around 40 billion yuan ($6.5bn, £3.8bn, €4.8bn.)
It the biggest gold mine discovered in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region to date.