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BAD NEWS: SBS Hires Controversial Editor Ben Naparstek After Funding Cuts

In Poor Journalistic Ethics on July 27, 2015 at 7:59 pm

SBS’s Appointment of Ben Naparstek as Online Editor is Bad for Australia

SBS' Ben Naparstek scrutinized by licensed private investigator

Ben Naparstek of SBS is a subject of intense scrutiny by licensed private investigator, after disclosure of serious breaches in editorial ethics.

SBS’s new editor, Ben Naparstek, has been praised for his meteoric rise through Australian media at a very young age. Notwithstanding, a brief look through the fanfare reveals a murky past that demands more scrutiny. As a vocal 5th Estate journalist and licensed private investigator, it is my considered opinion that young Mr. Naparstek is unworthy of the accolades he has received, for the simple reason that the title of “Editor”, as it is customarily used, is nothing more than a disguise for his not so obvious specialty, namely,  “PAGEVIEW JOURNALISM“.

In the two years that I have been observing Naparstek closely, I have seen that he uses his editorial license to generate sensational headlines. These twisted truths are tantamount to bait-and-switch tactics, used to bring readers to his online “stories”. Once the audience has been captured, his employers monetize those “page views”, either through advertising banner impressions and/or “Pay-Per-Click” display ads. Such insidious tactics would not fit with, or benefit SBS’s traditional funding model. However, Malcolm Turnbull, the Federal Communications Minister, recently revealed that SBS has asked to have its advertising restrictions lifted following millions in funding cuts. This should be cause for great concern to the Australian public, who would otherwise expect unbiased and honest journalism from ABC and SBS ($BS ?). Even more so with the likes of Ben Naparstek at the helm of online Editorial content for

Editorial Ethics Alert: Ben Naparstek Of Fairfax Media

Editorial Ethics Alert: Ben Naparstek of SBS is scrutinized by journalist & Licensed Private Investigator Michael Roberts

Here are a few excerpts on the story about Turnbull from November last year:

Mr Turnbull said the government will introduce legislation to parliament in 2015 to amend the SBS Act 1991 that would allow the broadcaster to change its advertising arrangements.”


A legislative change to allow SBS to generate further revenue by changing its advertising arrangements will bring the total savings returned to the budget to $53.7 million or 3.7 per cent,” he said.​”


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DISAPPOINTED: Liz Klimas Journalist for TheBlaze States Theory as Fact

In Journalistic Accuracy on July 16, 2015 at 6:48 pm

I was disappointed to see her use of “fallacy of presumption”, in what was otherwise an excellent article titled “Pluto’s Close-Up Photo Reveals Something Scientists Say ‘Could Be a Game Changer’” by Liz Klimas, Journalist for

Below is the excerpt that bothers me:

“Scientists said the peaks – seemingly pushed up from Pluto’s subterranean bed of ice – appeared to be a mere 100 million years old. Pluto itself is 4.5 billion years old.”

pluto-planetIt may seem trite, but the first sentence seems to be a direct quote from unnamed scientists, as such it is good journalism. However, the second sentence: “Pluto itself is 4.5 billion years old” is the one that bugs me; particularly in light of the worldview held by a very large proportion of subscribers to

My respectful suggestion to Liz Klimas would be to edit the article so that reads free of any closely held by bias, which is presented as fact, something to the following effect:

“According to many mainstream scientists, Pluto itself is 4.5 billion years old.”

Please Liz Klimas, as a subscriber, don’t present theories to me as fact.

True science is something that can be observed, measured, and repeated. In other words, our knowledge of natural “laws” as rules of causation derives from repeated, uncontradicted observations. The study of the heavens, the study of things buried under the ground and under the sea, and the study of evolutionary theory, is the analysis of snapshots of evidence that can be interpreted in many ways. Conclusions about these matters can only be made with a peppering of bias, whether that be with a bias toward creationism, or atheism, or whatever is in between. There was only one Person who was present when Pluto was formed, and He is the one who is the final authority, and for that matter the only authority, that can be trusted on the age of this planet/rock/ice ball/death Star or whatever it is 🙂

BUSTED: Journalist Leonard Pitts Jr Use of Logical Fallacies in Ethical Breach – Miami Herald

In Poor Journalistic Ethics on June 25, 2015 at 11:34 am

Leonard-Pitts-Jr-Journalist-Miami-Herald-Glenn-BeckIn his June 23, 2015 article titles “Leonard Pitts Jr.: A racist hate crime, pure and simple, Pitts employs the use of the logical fallacy known as “Black-or-White Thinking”. Given the context of the article, the irony will not be missed by many, but the term “Black or White” refers to what is also known as a “False Dilemma Logical Fallacy”, as opposed to having anything to do with the color of skin.

Reduced to its simplest form, Leonard Pitts Jr’s word-crime, in this instance, is where he presented two alternatives or interpretations as the only possibilities.  Although not expressly stated, it appears that Pitts is using intellectual dishonesty in a veiled attempt to goad  his readers into concluding that Glenn Beck, and others who wondered about the true motive for the Charleston church murders, are either (A) stupid or (B) in denial.  Another famous example of the use of a Black-or-White logical fallacy was when Pres. George W. Bush said “You’re either with us, or you’re with the terrorists”; when in fact there are many alternative positions that third parties might have taken, such as simply wanting to mind their own business.

19 black or whiteBlack or White, also known as the False Dilemma, this insidious tactic has the appearance of forming a logical argument, but under closer scrutiny it becomes evident that there are more possibilities than the either/or choice that is presented. Binary, black-or-white thinking doesn’t allow for the many different variables, conditions, and contexts in which there would exist more than just the two possibilities put forth. It frames the argument misleadingly and obscures rational, honest debate. Ref:

Other Logical Fallacies used by Journalist Leonard Pitts Jr. to Deceive Readers.

02 false causeFalse Cause
Pitts presumed that a real or perceived relationship between things means that one is the cause of the other.

03 appeal to emotionAppeal to Emotion
Pitts attempted to manipulate an emotional response in place of a valid or compelling argument.

06 ad homAd Hominem
Pitts attacked his opponent’s character or personal traits in an attempt to undermine their arguments.

08 personal incredulityPersonal Incredulity
Because Pitts found something difficult to understand, or is unaware of how it works, he suggests it’s probably not true.

16 compositionComposition/Division Fallacy
Pitts assumed that one part of something has to be applied to all, or other, parts of it; or that the whole must apply to its parts.

18 geneticGenetic Fallacy
Pitts judged something as bad on the basis of where it comes from, or from whom it came. This fallacy avoids the argument by shifting focus onto something’s or someone’s origins. It’s similar to an ad hominem fallacy in that it leverages existing negative perceptions to make someone’s argument look bad, without actually presenting a case for why the argument itself lacks merit.

20 begging the questionBegging the Question
Pitts presented a circular argument in which the conclusion was included in the premise. This logically incoherent argument often arises in situations where people have an assumption that is very ingrained, and therefore taken in their minds as a given.
i.e. The crime was racially motivated because the victims were black.

22 anecdotalAnecdotal Fallacy
Pitts used personal experience or opinion instead of a sound argument or compelling evidence. It’s often much easier for people to believe someone’s testimony as opposed to understanding complex data and variation across a continuum. He is taking advantage of most readers likely inclination to believe that which is tangible to them, in this case, the word of someone they trust (himself as journalist), over more ‘abstract’ statistical realities or evidence.

01 strawmanStrawman Fallacy
Pitts misrepresented Glenn’s argument to make it easier to attack. Pitts wrote “And Glenn Beck’s professed confusion about the shooter’s motive?”, whereas, Glenn did not indicate he was confused, his message was more along the lines that until there is more information, he would not, rather, could not draw conclusions. A lesson Mr. Pitts must have missed in Journalism 101.

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Michael Roberts is a journalist and licensed private investigator. He is passionate about the truth and exposing duplicity and bias in mainstream media.

BUSTED: Nick Hytrek Journalist Sioux City Journal Biased and Unethical Reporting

In Poor Journalistic Ethics on March 15, 2015 at 10:46 am
Nick Hytrek accused of biased and unethical reporting

Sioux City Journal Reporter Nick Hytrek accused of biased and unethical reporting

Nick Hytrek Journalist Sioux City Journal – Accused of Biased and Unethical Reporting

It has been alleged that Nick Hytrek, a Journalist with Sioux City Journal, is guilty of breaches in journalistic ethics when he filed a story containing conspicuous omissions of facts, and refused to correct or retract his errors, even when provided with court documents and evidence from diverse sources.

In his story titled “Lawsuit claims Sac County attorney abused power”, Nick Hytrek filed a one sided story, citing defamatory and fallacious allegations made by Ed Magedson, the owner of Rip Off Report, against the esteemed “bulldog prosecutor”, Ben Smith of Sac County Iowa. it is anticipated that Hytrek would justify  his unethical omissions from the story because the prosecutor declined to comment on the allegations. Notwithstanding, the Internet is replete with court documents, sworn testimony, and many mainstream news articles spanning over 14 years which reveal the character and personality of Ed Magedson, and his propensity to make false allegations to further his appalling business practices.

Nick Hytrek’s ethical breaches can be construed as either gross negligence or laziness at best, with respect to his due diligence and research, to political or other bias for undetermined motivations at worst.

Nick Hytrek was Provided with the following link to background information in court documentation that demonstrate that Ed Magedson is a vexatious litigant, demonstrates most if not all of the DSM-V criteria for “antisocial personality disorder”, and has team of lawyers and administrators who further his appalling business practices and general torment of the harassment targets.  Evidence and documentation

Nick Hytrek’s original story appeared here:

FACILITATING CRIME: Peter J. Boyer Editor-At-Large Foxnews.Com False Harrasing Story to Persist Despite Criminal Warrant Proving Fox Source Is Criminal

In Fox News Ethics, Poor Journalistic Ethics on July 27, 2014 at 12:18 am
Peter J. Boyer Fox News Editor Facilitating Crime through inaction

Peter J. Boyer Fox News Editor Facilitating Crime through inaction

We regret to report that Peter J. Boyer, an editor with so much power at, will allow a damaging and clearly defamatory story to appear on page 1 of Google, even after a criminal warrant demonstrates that the only source for the story, was paid to lie to the Journalist Perry Chiaramonte. Fox News is effectively facilitating crimes by cooperating with the other named criminals.

Read the full story here:

Journalist Perry Chiaramonte May Face 25 Years in Prison if convicted of Witness Tampering through malicious and false news paper article.

The original false story is here:

Note the the story’s ONLY cited source is Darren M. Meade, who also faces 25 Years in Prison if convicted. The second uncited source, was Ed Magedson, owner of Ripoffreport.

Darren M. Meade, Ripoffreport's Paid Writer Indicted for Extortion and other crimes.

Darren M. Meade, Ripoffreport’s Paid Writer Indicted for Extortion and other crimes. Faces up to 25 Years in Prison if convicted

  1. Download the Criminal Warrant that details employee Darren Meade’s Witness Tampering and other crimes against Michael Roberts.
  2. Download actual indictment of Darren Meade
  3. Download Feb 2015 Filing the demonstrates BOTH Ed Magedson & Darren Meade’s witness tampering.

This brief interview shows what the prosecutor think of’s only source for the hatchet piece:

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CAUGHT: Andie Dominick Journalist TWISTS FACTS for Des Moines Register “Hatchet Job” Iowa

In Internet defamation, Poor Journalistic Ethics on June 27, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Journalist Andie Dominick & Deliberate Fallacious Reporting for the Des Moines Register Iowa Andie Dominick, a 2014 Pulitzer Prize nominated Journalist with the Des Moines Register, is being scrutinized for journalistic ethics with respect to an editorial piece.

The fallacious facts were corrected shortly after by Ryan Foley, an Associated Press journalist.

Additionally, another  journalist from Northwest Iowa alleged that Andie Dominic “displayed willful indifference…” with respect to the twisted facts as presented in her story which gave a disturbing level of sympathy for convicted murderer Tracey Richter.

A PATTERN EMERGES: In 2012 Journalist Andie Dominick was called out by an independent news service for abuse of her editorial privilege, and for placing her 17yo son on the alter of public scrutiny for his alleged crimes.

The full Exposé is published here:

BUSTED: Journalist Andie Dominick – Deliberate Factual Inaccuracies Des Moines Register Iowa

Andie Dominick’s behavior has been described by some as criminal in light of the recently released criminal warrant.

ETHICS ALERT: Before You Interview With Daniel Glick Journalist & Author, Beware of The Story Group…

In Internet defamation, Poor Journalistic Ethics on May 10, 2013 at 6:40 am

Disgraced Author & Journalist Daniel Glick of “The Story Group”

If you are considering agreeing to an interview with Journalist Daniel Glick of The Story Group; you might like to read this exposé which explains how one man suffered catastrophic damage to his reputation, business, and personal relationships as a result of fallacious journalism on the part of author & journalist Daniel Glick. The brief account explains how Glick used numerous categories of fallacious arguments such as strawman, appeal to ignorance and ad hominem to set up his target.

UPDATE July 09, 2014

A recently unsealed 124 page criminal warrant indicates that Journalist Daniel Glick maybe participating in the following crimes: Ongoing Criminal Conduct, a
Class “B” Felony (IOWA CODE § 706A.2); Conspiracy, a Class “D” Felony (IOWA CODE §706.1 ); Solicitation, a Class “D” Felony; Extortion (IOWA CODE § 705.1 ), a Class “D” Felony (IOWA CODE § 711.4); and Witness Tampering, an Aggravated Misdemeanor (IOWA Code§720.4), Facilitation of A Criminal Network By Attempting To Induce A Witness” commits a Class “B” Felony. IOWA CODE § 706A.2 (2013).

Download the Criminal Warrant here.

It began with a dishonest pretext with the initial interview request, feigning a brotherhood type experience by explaining how his wife left him and his children to pursue a lesbian relationship. It is unknown if this pretext is true or false, but it was a particularly despicable pretext used to ingratiate himself in the family of his hatchet piece victim. Daniel Glick actually ate some of his victim’s daughter’s birthday cake in their presence.

Many of the false light twisting of small truths that were in and of themselves benign, and then peppering his final story with a convoluted web of lies that leaves the reader unable to draw accurate conclusions (argument through verbosity).

This act of desperate journalism has subsequently called into question all of the work that Daniel Glick is done over the past few years in relation to the cold case murder of Scott Johnson in Australia in 1988. it should be noted that just because Glick has been caught lying in his most recent story, it does not mean that the work he has done for the cold case murder is also fictitious. However, if one cannot be trusted in small things, neither can they be trusted in the big things. This is where his tangled web of lies casts a sad shadow over his entire career’s work.

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ETHICS ALERT: Before You Contact Perry Chiaramonte the Fox News Journalist….

In Fox News Ethics, Internet defamation, Poor Journalistic Ethics on December 23, 2012 at 10:42 am
Ethics Questioned of Perry Chiaramonte Fox News Journalist Previously of the New York Post

Disgraced Journalist Perry Chiaramonte Fox News Previously of the New York Post

If you are considering agreeing to an interview with Fox News Journalist Perry Chiaramonte, you might like to take about 6-minutes to view this brief video which explains how one man suffered catastrophic damage to his reputation, business, and personal relationships as a result of fallacious journalism on the part of Perry Chiaramonte. The brief account explains how Perry used numerous categories of fallacious arguments such as strawman, appeal to ignorance and ad hominem to set up his target. It began with a dishonest pretext with the initial interview request, false light twisting of small truths that were in and of themselves benign, and then peppering his final story with a convoluted web of lies that lets the reader unable to draw accurate conclusions.

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JOURNALISTIC ETHICS ALERT Perry Chiaramonte of Fox News & New York Post