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Why do "journalists" put out such inaccurate information when it is easy to find the truth?

BochimanBochiman Posts: 25,254 ✭✭✭✭✭

Seriously, this is rampant these days, but for it to his this hobby, be this simple, and still be inaccurate, is just sad (in place of a word that might get censored otherwise).


Just a few things that this article really messes up:
1) Calling a dime's weight the same as a half dollar's weight (ummm....it's kind of obvious it isn't the same)
2) Saying 1971 is last year of silver minted Kennedys (and not 1970)
3) Calling 1965/1966/1967 90% silver....(then later stating the '1966 are not made of silver')
4) Saying a "1964 Kennedy half dollar is generally only worth face value"
5) Saying they haven't been minted since 2004

There are more, that I won't bother listing, but I will part with this quote:

"How Can I Tell If My Kennedy Half-Dollar Is Silver?
Kennedy half-dollar coins are made of .900 fine silver. This means that the metal in a Kennedy half-dollar is 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper. You can use a magnet to test whether or not your coin is made of metal. If the magnet sticks, it's not silver. If it doesn't stick, it might be silver. You can also scratch the coin with a sharp object to see if it leaves a silver mark."

  • Gotta love encouraging people to scratch their coins to see if they leave silver marks...in an article about the value of the coin (like the scratch wouldn't potentially lower the value).

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  • JWPJWP Posts: 14,707 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 18, 2023 5:02AM

    Well, if they google it, it must be true. Then there is the news anchor that feels that they don't need to check anything because they know the truth. I guess they got it from google too.

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  • alaura22alaura22 Posts: 2,090 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @coinbuf said:
    No reason to bother to be accurate when you get paid either way.

    Just like the weather person...............

  • RelaxnRelaxn Posts: 816 ✭✭✭✭

    No journalism there... that is pure sponsored content. Not meant to be a researched piece... it is meant for you to click on links about other half dollars and end up buying some kind of BS.

  • jmlanzafjmlanzaf Posts: 30,394 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Tramp said:
    Probably AI generated.

    AI would have done better. I'm not sure they got one thing right.

  • MartinMartin Posts: 753 ✭✭✭✭

    @jmlanzaf said:

    @Tramp said:
    Probably AI generated.

    AI would have done better. I'm not sure they got one thing right.

    They got one thing right they called it a half dollar😇


  • CoinscratchCoinscratch Posts: 7,443 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That’s worse than Google recipes and those actually work once you finally scroll 20 pages of ads to get to the ingredient list.

  • jkrkjkrk Posts: 914 ✭✭✭✭

    Laziness. More clicks when it's wrong. The narrative is all that counts. Was in a rush when I wrote the story. I was meeting someone at the beach and honestly didn't have time to check the facts. ?????? Why speculate when you can guess?

  • DelawareDoonsDelawareDoons Posts: 3,078 ✭✭✭✭✭

    These are likely not written by humans.

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  • GRANDAMGRANDAM Posts: 8,284 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Why????? Because it is "Fake NEWS"

    GrandAm :)
  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Bochiman ... Your opening line ..."Seriously, this is rampant...." covers much of 'journalism' these days.... It is no longer the honorable profession of years ago. Now more opinion than fact, and opinion unsupported by evidence... Cheers, RickO

  • TPRCTPRC Posts: 3,734 ✭✭✭✭✭

    "idiots!" From "A Man Called Otto! Good film


  • silverpopsilverpop Posts: 6,564 ✭✭✭✭✭

    IMHO whatever they think the public will believe and get them more ratings and such

    always hit your enemy where they least expect it

  • derrybderryb Posts: 35,822 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Walter Cronkite was the last you could trust

  • SmudgeSmudge Posts: 9,062 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Do your research before you run your mouth, or publish your report.

  • WillieBoyd2WillieBoyd2 Posts: 4,996 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This post looks odd.
    What is a coin article doing in "lifestyle/weddings"?


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  • SIowhandSIowhand Posts: 317 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That’s an ad disguised as journalism. It was paid for to drive traffic to another site.

  • BStrauss3BStrauss3 Posts: 2,913 ✭✭✭✭✭


    "You can't handle the truth!"

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  • erscoloerscolo Posts: 353 ✭✭✭✭

    Most journalists and journalism are not.

  • dunkleosteus430dunkleosteus430 Posts: 469 ✭✭✭✭

    I think a few half dollars in 1971 were erroneously struck in 40% silver, so maybe that's why they said they made silver halves that year. However, I still wouldn't say that 1971 half dollars are silver, because the vast majority of them are not.

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  • percybpercyb Posts: 3,267 ✭✭✭

    It speaks volumes about the education system of the nation and the dummying down of our culture. Oh, I add IMHO.

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  • gumby1234gumby1234 Posts: 5,178 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @percyb dont get me started.

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  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,022 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @alaura22 said:

    @coinbuf said:
    No reason to bother to be accurate when you get paid either way.

    Just like the weather person...............

    Or politician......

  • MizzouMizzou Posts: 452 ✭✭✭✭

    If it doesn't fit the narrative, just lie

    Sometimes I think that animals are smarter than humans, animals would never allow the dumbest one to lead the pack

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