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Spotting BS

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Yesterday’s rant was on the need to check out facts before finalizing opinions. A great example of this is in today’s NY Times piece on last night’s debate – it simply states what the candidate said and what multiple sources say on the same subjects to back up or question what was said. Hopefully the paper and many others will continue to do this right through the election next year.
But what happens when you do try to verify facts and find that there are multiple, conflicting data points? Could it be because some of them are fake? Continue reading

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Yes, This Is Redundant

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We’ve had this chat before, folks.  Sometimes I make oblique political references as I make the point I’m about to repeat; sometimes I just throw it up there as a friendly reminder.  Today, I’d like to have your full attention because the more I think about it, this one issue is at the root of so much of what’s going on around us these days.

You ready?

I’m begging you: don’t believe everything you read or hear without doing some fact checking if the point being made is important to you.  Here’s another example of why. Continue reading

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Heavy Research

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I tried to catch up on a backlog of reading over the weekend since I was in no shape to do much of anything else. One of the piles contained this month’s Wired Magazine and I had to good sense in the midst of my delirium to tear out an item that caught my eye. For those of you playing along with our home game, it’s on page 18 of the April 2011 issue and is called “Heavy Research.” Besides reminding us of a fundamental part of real journalism it also makes an excellent business point as well. Continue reading

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Facts About Statements vs. Statements of Fact

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I am the best consultant in the world. I hereby proclaim myself the king of all consultants.  There I said it. It is now absolutely true that I said it and if a blog or newspaper or one of you quotes me as saying it, that quote is 100% true. You’ll not get me denying having said it.  There’s only one problem with that fact: the statement itself may not be true. So what does this have to do with you and how you approach things? Continue reading

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