Chris Roper | Tembisa 10: Corruption flourishes if trust in the media is broken

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The writer argues that it doesn't matter if the Tembisa 10 exists or not but a terrible damage has been done to journalism through the story.
The writer argues that it doesn't matter if the Tembisa 10 exists or not but a terrible damage has been done to journalism through the story.

Chris Roper writes that it is a huge leap of bad faith to use Pretoria News' Piet Rampedi's obviously shoddy journalism to justify an attack on the media in general, and it's incorrect

The Daily Sun is infamous for its improbable headlines, such as "The Girls Who Pee Spoons!" and "Tokoloshe Tracker in My Bum!" You might be wondering why stories such as these aren't given as much criticism as the Pretoria News' recent foray into misinformation, "Exclusive: Gauteng woman gives birth to 10 children, breaks Guinness World Record." 

Part of the reason, of course, is that Independent Media, the media organisation of which Pretoria News is a part, purports to produce a certain kind of traditional journalism, one that should be characterised by a certain level of editorial ethics and professionalism. And the author of the "10 babies" story, Piet Rampedi, appears to self-identify as an editor and a serious journalist. 

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