October 19, 2002
More press-release journalism

Yahoo! News seems to be more and more likely to be a source for advocacy journalism. This front-page story is nothing more than a press release from Oneworld US, an umbrella group for a collection of left-wing agitation groups.

This time, the "article" is about a Worldwatch Institute report on how consumerism is the cause of suffering and environmental damage, and how the western world doesn't care about the deaths and destruction caused by consumer demand.

What Worldwatch is loath to admit is that even if all trade in disputed resources were to cease, the wars would continue. Most of the tin-plated dictators and self-important agitation groups won't let something like a lack of money stop them from fighting; most of the countries cited in the press release have been fighting for decades, with no end in sight.

posted on October 19, 2002 02:27 PM


OneWorld.net is listed as a "provider" under "News Resources", right up there with the AP and, um, Reuters; they spew this stuff all the time.

posted by CGHill on October 20, 2002 10:10 PM

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