Rik Ferguson, vice president for security research at Trend Micro talking to Dave Lee for the BBC.
“Journalists need to be less credulous and more probing, it’s not enough to print the opinion of an ‘industry spokesperson’ just because he purports to be an expert.
“That opinion should be qualified, justified and challenged by the journalist until they are sure of its validity.
“I was expecting exactly this when I first started acting as a spokesperson. But I continue to be surprised at how little my views are challenged by the media, almost no-one asks me why, they’re too busy looking for superlatives.”
A sobering read. I’ve personally been interviewed about topics and, enquiring as to why I was contacted, told “I googled it, and you were at the top.”