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Study: News Stories About Repackaged News Stories Are Repackaged News

The Center for Internet Irony has just released a new study that’s sure to get the blogosphere buzzing.

By (@JRRaphael)

January 13, 2010

The story you're about to read is not (entirely) true. It is, however, more accurate than most things on network television.

Nearly all news stories about repackaged news stories are themselves repackaged news, according to a study just released by the Center for Internet Irony.

The report follows recent research by the Pew Research Center that found 80 percent of news stories contain “repeated or repackaged previously published information,” with “no original reporting” whatsoever.

Pew’s research was released this week and immediately repeated and repackaged by numerous blogs and online news sources, which added no original reporting whatsoever.

Some examples cited in the Center’s report:

“Pew found that 83 percent of the reports ‘were essentially repetitive, conveying no new information.'”

“More local news comes from newspapers and their websites than from television, radio or online-only news sources, ABC News reports.”

“Study: 80 percent of news stories are repackaged from other sources”

The Center for Internet Irony says this is the most extreme case of Internet irony it’s seen since security company McAfee suffered a security lapse at its own security conference.

Some bloggers, however, counter that both Pew’s findings and the Center’s study stem from a simple misunderstanding.

“Most blogs are just repeating other sites’ news while adding in meaningless opinions, according to the New York Times,” states noted Web blog Rehashed/Rewritten. “Well, that’s just wrong.”

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