Jones article on detecting fake news is good, but is it good enough?

Posted on July 29, 2017


In her July 25th IBISWorld article Detecting Fake News and Baloney During Procurement Research, Jeanette Jones provides terrific insight into how the uninformed public can be misled by fake news, and what they should do to protect themselves.

However, and as much as I applaud Jones’ piece for its thoroughness and value, it did not go far enough. Especially as it relates to coverage of the procurement world.

I believe that an equal if not greater danger exists regarding the stories that are not covered. Or to put it another way, an omission of the truth is no less fake than a false or inaccurate report.

An omission is “the” missing link in the Sagan chain that fails our industry.

For example, no one was willing to go anywhere near the conflict of interest story associated with the NIGP #CodeGate controversy. I can recall a well meaning associate who asked me if I understood the consequences of pursuing the story, while another had said that they were warned to keep their distance from me because I was ticking-off some influential people.


Of course, the industry eventually did come around in support of my coverage, as illustrated by the comment stream in my April 6th “Deep Throat” post. I am confident that the State of Missouri also appreciated the tenacity of my journalistic efforts.

There are more examples of similar type coverage on this blog. However, my point is that what you don’t know can indeed hurt you. And until we get to the point of covering the people more than the technology in our industry, the chain of real insight and industry knowledge will remain broken.


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