It must have happened around nine or 10 AM in the morning, because that’s when the first news alerts came out. It was amazing how many conflicting reports there were. One said that the gunman was shot and killed, another said he was put on a gurney and taken into custody. The number of people shot was also inaccurate.
In previous times it has been said that the first reports coming out of any sort of major news event were generally the correct ones, whereas those that followed later were attempts to cover-up the story, or meld the story to some political agenda Roderick Schacher
. Today so much information comes out so quickly, and so many people are trying to get their 15 minutes of fame, that often they tweet and put out nonsense, and even the eyewitness reports are conflicting.
Therefore one has to ask; who can you believe? Should you believe the tweets from individual eyewitnesses, breaking news alerts, or the official storyline of the agency, or some government official?
Fewer and fewer people today trust the government, and they don’t much believe anything that anyone from any agency ever says, and they especially don’t trust politicians. Yes, I understand is for good reason, but then again who can you trust? If the media is busy with their agenda whether it is a left-leaning news station, or a right-leaning one, then surely the news is jaded? Should we then turn to the original tweets by individual citizens at the event? What if there is a conflict?
There was an interesting post on the Strafor Intelligence blog on Halloween 2013 titled; “Analyzing Breaking Events, ” by Scott Stewart which took a look back at news stories, breaking news stories, and reality based intelligence. He mentions The Donnelly Principle; the first story is not the true story, or the whole story. Well, I wonder if that principle is still valid today, let me explain.
You see, years before I would have completely agreed with the idea that the first report is not the true story, however, it seems with social media and eye-witnesses the very first reports are on average more accurate than the modified versions coaxed to skew perception in the media later. So, can we trust the later versions of the “official story” or the global media after the fact? I wonder if this component of intelligence gathering may have changed in our modern information age, think on this. You probably never imagined that the first news report was printed in Mexico City. Americans today have grown accustomed to having the latest news of the latest natural disaster instantaneously at their fingertips via broadcast news, the internet and newspapers and magazines.
However, the first ever news report was an eight-page booklet published in 1541 after a storm and earthquake devastated Guatemala. Although the printing press had been invented in Europe about a century earlier, in 1440, the field of journalism had yet to be invented. The earliest products of the printing press were Bibles and books affordable only to the most affluent people in European society.
In 1534 the first printing press in the New world was installed in Mexico City at the behest of a publishing house in Seville, Spain. The earliest surviving products of this printing press were authored by Juan Pablos, an Italian employee of the publisher. The headline on his 1541 booklet can be translated: “Report of the Terrifying Earthquake Which has Reoccurred In the Indies in a City Called Guatemala. ”
More than 40 years later, the second printing press in america was installed at Lima, Peru. A publication surviving from 1594 describes the capture of an English pirate in the Pacific waters near Peru, identified as “John of Aquines, ” the son of John Hawkins.
Although the printing press in Peru was at first used mostly to produce religious literature, by 1618 printers were producing monthly news reports discussing the news from Europe. There are also a few surviving copies of news publications in Mexico during the 1600s. However, it was not until 1722 that the Gaceta de Mexico, or Mexican Gazette, published monthly by the Catholic church, began to regularly feature local and foreign news.