I completely agree with his comments on journalism today. The urge to get information out first without fact checking is doing great harm to journalism today ( still remember that post-Boston fallout he talked about). From the NFL to all of the major news networks to mlesser known ones, everyone is guilty of passing on information that was innacturate, or even false for the chance to get it out first.
The internet has made information more accessible than ever before, but that also means that filters that were there, that should be, are not. As Pelley said “In a world where everyone is a reporter, no one is an editor.” We need to take a step back and make sure the information is right, not first. It’s possible, Packers.com does this specifically. They never report a piece of news until it has been confirmed by multiple reliable sources. Are they first? almost never. But do they get their information right? Always.
Pelley ended that segment with another quote, “If you’re first, no one will remember. If you’re wrong, no one will forget.” From the Manti Te’o Scandal to Newton and Boston, those who got it badly wrong are by far remembered over those who got it first. It is better to be last but right, than first but wrong.