It's intriguing how journalists updating their mistaken notions of the world constitutes the very fact-finding process at the core of their profession.

Sure, progress. But it would also help if they didn't start from such a low base.
Take this thread.

We've finally ascertained that FB uses FB internally, so their internal convo is like online discourse: posts are informal discussions, notes are blogs, and documents are formal conclusions with management buy-in. There are no 'memos'.

By contrast, the furore in 2018 was a 'memo' (again, a non-existent concept at FB) by @boztank which the same author wrote extensively about.

I recall getting into Twitter fights with the journo crew that they were mis-characterizing the document.…
Took three years to figure out there are no FB 'memos'.

Which, again, progress! Great.

But we'd have far better tech journalism if more of them spent even a year working inside the companies they express such strong opinions about.

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