CBS Evening News Anchor Scott Pelley called on journalists to worry less about the "vanity"of being first on a breaking news story and to worry more about being right. He made the criticism while accepting a journalism award May 10, 2013 from Quinnipiac University. Pelley says mistakes are being made because reporters often use information from uncorroborated pages of social media. He rallied against "vanity" and "self-conceit," as the drivers of a real-time scramble to be first with any new crumb of information posted on Twitter, Facebook and Reddit.
"This is not journalism. That's gossip. Journalism was invented as an antidote to gossip," said Pelley. "It's a world where everybody is a publisher and no one is an editor. We're getting the big stories wrong over and over again." Pelley added up the mountain of mistakes - from the Newtown school massacre, the Boston Marathon Bombings to the escape of three women held hostage in a Cleveland house for 10 years - as evidence that journalism's house in on fire.
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