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  1. Joyce May 12, 2009 @ 10:40 am

    What a enlightening story. Just goes to show, we need to research the news reports before we buy the political spin machine.

  2. William A. Susswein May 14, 2009 @ 10:25 pm

    Rather interesting for some one such as a new reporter to scam up a false story especially when this ” Tent city” has been around for ten years. Maby just possibly some one for got to there home work and tried to use the excuse my dog ate it or to simply put it I just did not do the research so I’ll put a twist on it and see if any one catches me in a lie….. (Stay tuned next time for another lie)

    Sincerely,
    The news reporter

  3. John May 16, 2009 @ 8:00 pm

    I had never heard of Tent City. I’m sure there’s plenty of real news, isn’t there?

    It’s just funny how people don’t know how to do their own research. How is it possible that these news sources were stupid enough to fall for it?

  4. Brittany May 17, 2009 @ 10:30 pm

    John,

    That’s a really good question, and I’m asking the same. Think of how many millions of people tune in to watch Oprah and the Today Show every day, and how many people were duped into believing this as truth. It’s sad, really. All because somebody didn’t do their homework. In my opinion, this is inexcusable for the parties involved. It’s Journalism 101.

    We just have to make sure to be smarter as viewers and research as much as we can about stories like this before we begin to believe.

Tent City, California

U.S. Economy Comments (4)

The story of “Tent City,” Sacramento a supposed growing encampment of at least 200 people, down and out as a result of the current recession/depression, has recently flooded the news.

Photos of this place are not unlike those taken during the Great Depression, which feature hundreds of rotted shacks with a migrant homeless population walking among them like ghosts. Replace the broken shacks with ratty, synthetic fiber tents and you have Sacramento’s “Tent City.”

These pictures paint a frightening image for our nation as a whole as what else could this story possibly suggest than the fact that this country is in serious financial trouble? So much trouble that many American citizens are being forced to live in tents and scrounge for food..?

News flash! According to Fox News, the entire story of this “Tent City” is a fake, a crock, a lie…an example of poor journalism? It’s true that this story was reported on the Today Show by Matt Lauer and also featured on Oprah. Both reported the story as breaking news and, getting right down to it, as the truth.

This Sacramento “Tent City” has actually been around for at least 10 years, as Fox news found, with many of its inhabitants homeless drug abusers and mentally ill.

Sure, mistakes in journalism have been known to happen, especially under deadline pressure, but to some of the most well respected and well known news providers in American media?

The tent flap’s still open on this one.

Brittany @ May 5, 2009

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