Why Does the Mainstream Media Keep Falling for Obvious Hoaxes?

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  1. Readmikenow profile image97
    Readmikenowposted 2 years ago

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    Too many people working in the reporting field fall for hoaxes.  They rush to judgment and do real damage.  Should they be required to apologize for their unprofessional behavior?

    “There's been much commentary in the past few days about the MSM's lack of critical thinking skills in covering not only the Jussie Smollett "hate crime" fairy tale, but a number of other bogus stories as well.”

    https://pjmedia.com/trending/why-does-t … us-hoaxes/

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      promisemposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Reporters don't stand on a street corner waiting for someone to assault Smollet. They report what the police tell them, and that's exactly what happened here.

      Then again, there are quite a few hoaxes including the alleged election fraud by Democrats.

      https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa- … liticsNews

      1. Readmikenow profile image97
        Readmikenowposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        I agree, but as someone who is a reporter should also try to find witnesses to speak with as well as Smollet himself and research the history of hate crimes in the area.  If they have sources inside the police department they should also speak with them.  Then, they should monitor it for any developments and report them.  If they want to do their job.

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          promisemposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          I get your point. That's assuming there were witnesses, the reporters could find them, they were willing to talk, the witnesses knew the attack was staged, etc.

          Any police who bypass their bosses or public information officers to speak on the record with reporters risk getting fired. That's why they don't do it unless the conversation is off the record and they get a promise of anonymity.

          1. Readmikenow profile image97
            Readmikenowposted 2 years agoin reply to this

            "Any police who bypass their bosses or public information officers to speak on the record with reporters risk getting fired."

            I don't know what your experiences was as a reporter, but when I worked for newspapers, this happened all the time.  I was given direction and information "off the record" all the time from police, politicians, etc.  I had a rolodex (shows you just how long ago this was) of contacts.  I don't think its changed all that much.

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              promisemposted 2 years agoin reply to this

              You told me before you worked in the circulation department.

              If reporters don't get their crime information from police, from where do they get it?

              1. Readmikenow profile image97
                Readmikenowposted 2 years agoin reply to this

                Ah, no, always worked as a writer/reporter. 

                Exactly, point is police and many others will provide information on a story "off the record" so they don't get fired.  Getting information from the designated public affairs rep. is just a start.

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                  promisemposted 2 years agoin reply to this

                  Newspaper reporters don't refer to themselves as writers. When and where did you work as a newspaper reporter?

                  Edit: Actually, I get it now. Based on your LinkedIn profile and other sources, you have written freelance articles and a humor column.

                  That said, you did previously tell me you worked in several circulation departments.

    2. Sharlee01 profile image85
      Sharlee01posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Why? Because it keeps the feed pouring in. And just consider when they release a fake story only a few see the retraction, and the rest just go on their merry way eating up the tasty feed and sharing it...

  2. Live to Learn profile image77
    Live to Learnposted 2 years ago

    They aren't falling for hoaxes. They are jumping on any story that fits their politics and running with it until proven wrong.

    It's like the Sandmann kid. His lawyer said it took less than a fifteen minute Google search to see the full video. Almost immediately after the incident.

    If it fits your bias. Run it. If it doesn't,edit it to fit your bias then run it. Facts are not important to the news mediaof today.

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      promisemposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Where is the politics by the reporter in this typical story about the alleged assault?

      https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/jussie … 203122135/

      1. Live to Learn profile image77
        Live to Learnposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        I didn't have time to check your link before and, since it's a celebrity rag, I didn't think it was worth it.

        Looking at it, that article is after the facts began unfolding. Once the truth is clear, it isn't as easy to push a lie. Politics have to give way to reality.

        I'm not making a statement on Variety. As I stated, I don't read it or click on anything online it puts out.

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          promisemposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          I grabbed it randomly. Variety follows strict journalism rules.

          Instead, let's try the city where the alleged assault took place. The Chicago Tribune is a highly conservative newspaper.

          Here is the original story. I see police quotes, quotes from other sources, no spin, slant or opinion by the reporter.

          https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertai … story.html

          1. Live to Learn profile image77
            Live to Learnposted 2 years agoin reply to this

            A highly conservative paper? There you go. Even if they didn't live up to the standards you say they do I'd think a conservative paper would put forth much more effort for accuracy on such a topic. Just as a liberal paper would on a story that appeared to put their views in a poor light.

            And, honestly, to be fair, all news outlets jump to be the first to report and do not wait for all the facts, although they should wait some semblance of truth. The Smollet story is a bit of a one off because it was so obvious from the outset it had a high probability of being a hoax.

            I think the thing that I find most irritating is the left focuses on a hat, attempting to paint everyone with that hat as racist homophobic cretins. Makes you wonder if hat manufacturers may be pushing an agenda since their sales suffered some. It's so ignorant it amazes me that we have to listen to the bull. I don't own one and don't know anyone who has one but it's just a hat.

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              promisemposted 2 years agoin reply to this

              Here I go? The Tribune has endorsed a Republican candidate for President for more than 100 years with only one exception: their hometown candidate, Barrack Obama.

              I have a few other questions:

              They don't wait for the facts? Doesn't the above story have information straight from the police?

              Obvious it was a hoax? Where do any original stories have quotes from the police saying the attack was probably a hoax? What did you know that the police didn't know?

              Why another generalization about "the left"?

              What do you do for a living?

              1. Live to Learn profile image77
                Live to Learnposted 2 years agoin reply to this

                If you didn't raise an eyebrow at the ridiculous number of classic hate crime elements, then i can't possibly continue in this discussion. You may just want to be hoodwinked.

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                  promisemposted 2 years agoin reply to this

                  I don't jump to conclusions about a police investigation before it is complete. I don't have a crystal ball from 1,000 miles away, and neither do you.

                  It would be like me insisting that Trump is guilty of collusion, money laundering and obstruction of justice before the Mueller report came out.

                  1. Live to Learn profile image77
                    Live to Learnposted 2 years agoin reply to this

                    I didn't jump to a conclusion about a police investigation. No matter how fishy it sounded it needed to be investigated. And, I'm a firm supporter in the Mueller investigation completing. I don't think the outcome will satisfy anyone, though.

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      RTalloniposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Yes...and no-ish. smile  They surely are not falling for them. Wanting so much for them to be true (for the reasons you stated) they are far more interested in the effect they can have on people/society by using such claims than truth about them and the people who make them.

      The no-ish part is that because of this fiasco they will be more crafty and listeners will definitely have to read between the lines, so to speak. They are trying to come across as appreciative of their listeners, but the cunning methods used in their biased reporting is growing, and is something to keep both eyes on.

      Currently, one method is to try to pull themselves off as victims of this hoax. Peeling back the layers of media deceitfulness requires that we pay careful attention.

  3. lobobrandon profile image92
    lobobrandonposted 2 years ago

    They react to everything too quickly. What about the spread of the fake cancer cure? The media is just looking for PR and the public gives it to them. The first news channel to get to a story gets most of the PR, so there's no time to dig in and verify anything. The media is not to blame, it's the product of what the people are looking for.

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      promisemposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Should the media not report what police tell them?

      1. lobobrandon profile image92
        lobobrandonposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        I was pointing out that this is nothing special. It's being made out that this went out of bounds just because it's a hate crime. The news also spread false information about the fake cancer cure.

        The media must report what the police tell them. The media when they spread information that is not from credible sources (police are a credible source) must conduct some research of their own.

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          promisemposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          What prominent mainstream media do you know that doesn't get information from credible sources?

          The fact is, they must in order to avoid getting sued.

          Newspapers like the Washington Post and National Enquirer don't follow the same practices. Only one of them is about to be sued out of existence.

          1. lobobrandon profile image92
            lobobrandonposted 2 years agoin reply to this

            Here: http://healthfeedback.org/who-repeated- … alem-post/

            Let me know when they are sued.

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              promisemposted 2 years agoin reply to this

              Consider the following points about the original Jerusalem Post article, which is here:

              http://archive.is/N2Jof

              1. The headline says: A CURE FOR CANCER? ISRAELI SCIENTISTS MAY HAVE FOUND ONE. The newspaper does not say the cure was actually found.

              2. The first paragraph says, "A small team of Israeli scientists think they might have found the first complete cure for cancer." The newspaper used the word "might" and attributed the claim to people making the claim.

              3. The third paragraph begins with, "“We believe we will offer in a year’s time a complete cure for cancer,” said Dan Aridor." Again, the newspaper is quoting someone and not making a claim on its own.

              I understand your point about news media distributing articles that have information eventually proven to be false.

              That said, a credible newspaper can only report what it is told and repeats what it is told with quotes and attributions. It does not have cancer specialists on staff who can tell readers if the sources of the information are right or wrong.

              1. lobobrandon profile image92
                lobobrandonposted 2 years agoin reply to this

                Yes, a credible news media can only report what it is told and that is what it should do. But, the same newspaper must point out with a front-page headline (or a similar position as the original post) any correction when something is found to be false or misleading. Deccan Herald a newspaper I used to read back in India always did this. They pointed it out.

                But today, most newspapers and media outlets will only point it out if it gets them some sort of PR boost. The thing with Jussie will make headlines again because it's something the public like to see in their news feed. People in general love gossip, apparently.

                Most news outlets are not going to post any correction to their statement just because it's the right thing to do or because they have a moral duty to do so.

                This is something that needs to be changed and maybe even put into law. If they can be sued for false information, they should be sued for failure to post any corrections to past articles once new knowledge is acquired.

          2. Readmikenow profile image97
            Readmikenowposted 2 years agoin reply to this

            Promisem,

            In a lot of news stories I have issue with "Unnamed sources" as well as "those close to the investigation," my other favorite "a member of the police force who did not want to be named."

            I also know this is done by all media on the left and right.  It's also been done for decades of news reporting.

            When I see this, the story instantly has my BS meter going.

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              promisemposted 2 years agoin reply to this

              I agree, Mike.

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          RTalloniposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          News media does not have to report what the police tell them. Because this statement is true the police have to be very careful with their statements. The news media will use/twist/misrepresent them as fast as they will anyone else. Not reporting police reports accurately is just one reason people are trusting news media less and less.

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            promisemposted 2 years agoin reply to this

            Please give us an example where major news media twisted an important story.

            Feel free to include links and facts from credible sources proving the news media was wrong.

            1. Live to Learn profile image77
              Live to Learnposted 2 years agoin reply to this

              Have you already forgotten about Sandmann?

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                promisemposted 2 years agoin reply to this

                Have you already forgotten our exchange about Smollett? I never did see any proof of major news media twisting that one, even though I had links to actual coverage.

                Regarding Sandmann, in what way did major news media twist the story other than showing photos and videos?

                I'll make it easy on you. Here's the video coverage from the Washington Post. In what way did the evil liberal Post abuse poor Mr. Sandmann?

                https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/na … d18bc405ac

                The animosity continues.

                1. Live to Learn profile image77
                  Live to Learnposted 2 years agoin reply to this

                  Lol. I watched the news on this. For days. Those reporting showed a highly edited clip specifically designed to leave everything out leading up to the moment the two were nose to nose. And then painting it racist on a young boy's part. It is apparently now racist (by the news standards) for a white kid to wait for a school bus; until after he receives death threats and fights to get the truth told.

                  I honestly cannot continue this discussion. Your bias is incredibly unbelievable. I harbor no animosity. I simply want to see truth and balance.

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                    promisemposted 2 years agoin reply to this

                    You refuse to reply to any of my linked examples asking you to prove your biased and hostile allegations.

                    It's obvious why you can't continue the discussion.

          2. lobobrandon profile image92
            lobobrandonposted 2 years agoin reply to this

            Interesting, I always was of the assumption that a reporters job was to report? So reporting what the police tells them is right up their alley...?

            1. wilderness profile image96
              wildernessposted 2 years agoin reply to this

              Not any more.  Now it is to say things that will attract readers...and the advertisers that pay the bills.  It must be technically true, but there are literally thousands of ways to convince a gullible public that a falsehood is true, from a single word left out  to body language to telling only half the story.  The last, in particular, is a favorite.

              1. lobobrandon profile image92
                lobobrandonposted 2 years agoin reply to this

                I was referring to this statement by Rtalloni: "News media does not have to report what the police tell them"

                I understand PR is everything for them today. Even on stuff that's important and without fluff they manage to create some weird clickbait titles.

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                  promisemposted 2 years agoin reply to this

                  "News media" is a highly misleading term. Cable channels like Fox News and CNN follow completely different rules than newspapers.

  4. Live to Learn profile image77
    Live to Learnposted 2 years ago

    Thought I'd add this link.

    https://pluralist.com/hate-crimes-jussi … o-twitter/

    Don't be naive and think there is no agenda. Report a hate crime. Blame Trump. Blame Trump supporters.

    It can pan out to be fake. But, you've planted the seed. Repeat. Watch it grow.

    Those who perpetrate these hoaxes are the true racists. Those who buy into them without reservation are the true racists. They want us divided in any way they can accomplish it.

    1. lobobrandon profile image92
      lobobrandonposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      So, fake news and unresearched pieces becoming mainstream is something that's only begun after Trump decided to run for President?

      1. Live to Learn profile image77
        Live to Learnposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        No. Although,again, if it fits your bias, run with it.

        It's more tied to what gets more clicks online, social media mania, etc.

        You can certainly blame Trump all day long but by doing so you ignore the problem until Trump leaves office. Then you blame it on the right. Then, it'll probably be too late for the country to overcome the lynch mob attitude.

        1. lobobrandon profile image92
          lobobrandonposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          I did not say it was only after him... I was asking you a question because your previous response seemed like it was something that was happening to undermine Trump.

          The lynch mob attitude is hard to prevent when people are uneducated and make decisions based on news pieces that are unresearched and just click bait. It was, therefore, a lot better on society (in this aspect) when people were both uneducated and illiterate than literate but uneducated.

          1. Live to Learn profile image77
            Live to Learnposted 2 years agoin reply to this

            I do think the media hates Trump and runs too hard with stories of things they can blame on him. But, it's as much about money as it is about attempting to paint the news from a certain angle. They wouldn't do it if it wasn't profitable.

    2. crankalicious profile image94
      crankaliciousposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Like Pizzagate? That kind of fake news? Or reporting that Sandy Hook was a hoax - that kind of fake news?

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        promisemposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Great examples of so-called "news media" reporting like Breitbart, Alex Jones, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and the National Enquirer.

        1. crankalicious profile image94
          crankaliciousposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          Notice that kind of fake news is very different from the Smollett story. Intelligent people need to differentiate these kinds of things. The Smollett story is straight reporting. Somebody reports a crime. The police corroborate. The news media reports it. The two examples I cited are just made up.

          And to use the Smollett story as a reason to disavow all hate crimes is just shameful. They occur all the time. How many times a day is the n-word yelled at black people by white people? And to be fair, how much black-on-white crime is there daily? If the media actually reported on every one of those your average newspaper would consist only of those stories.

          Both right and left should be disgusted at Smollett. He used a political hot potato for his own personal gain. I'm revolted by him. Didn't think about how much damage he would cause, just about his salary? Just absolutely disgusting and idiotic. That said, I've met a lot of actors. They're not too smart as a lot, overall.

          What's funny about this story is that Smollett also proved he isn't a good actor.

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            promisemposted 2 years agoin reply to this

            I agree with your entire post except for the part about the intelligence of actors, only because I don't know any.

            1. crankalicious profile image94
              crankaliciousposted 2 years agoin reply to this

              I've interviewed everyone from Steve Martin to Jamie Lee Curtis to Dolly Parton. You know what actors know how to do? Act. Most of the time, they're not that educated, but they know how to act educated. This is why, when it comes to anything not acting, we should not listen to actors (like with regard to politics).

              That said, some actors are very smart. Ben Affleck comes to mind. Steve Martin. Some are just nice, logical people. Some are always playing a role.

              When most people meet famous people, they're blinded by their fame and have a hard time seeing who the people really are because, usually, the famous people are trying to keep that hidden by pretending to be their famous selves. When I met Steve Martin, he was very quiet and serious.

        2. IslandBites profile image90
          IslandBitesposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          You guys forgot "Seth Rich and the Clintons body count"

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            promisemposted 2 years agoin reply to this

            I didn't forget Hillary Clinton because I'm certain she has murdered many people including the 4 at Benghazi.

            I read it on a Facebook page managed by the Russian GRU intelligence service. So it must be true.

            1. crankalicious profile image94
              crankaliciousposted 2 years agoin reply to this

              The other thing that is going on here is, with typical right-wing paranoia, the discounting of the entire "mainstream" media based on an isolated incident. This story provides every right-winger with the "proof" to discount any story that comes out of the "mainstream" media without even considering it. "Fake News!" - remember the Smollett story? The "mainstream" media can't be trusted!

  5. Readmikenow profile image97
    Readmikenowposted 2 years ago

    One more instance where supporters of President Donald Trump are falsely accused of racism.

    Should they be forced to apologize?

    Are supporters of President Donald Trump victims of the lies and hatred of the ignorant left?


    “Muslim college student who lied about Trump supporter subway attack pleads guilty”

    The Muslim college student who lied to cops about getting attacked on the subway by drunken Trump supporters took a plea deal on Friday.
    Yasmin Seweid, 19, copped to falsely reporting an incident and disorderly conduct for the bogus claim.

    https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/te … WlFqD42mPc

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      RTalloniposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      We need more of the rest of the story more often. Thanks.

  6. Readmikenow profile image97
    Readmikenowposted 2 years ago

    Here is another bit of fake news about guns.

    An Alabama professor claimed the United States had the most mass shootings of any country in the world.

    When people started trying to validate such a claim, his story didn't look good.  That didn't stop the mainstream media from publishing his falsehood as fact.

    This is interesting to watch.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXGgI2E5JUw

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      RTalloniposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, interesting. Thanks.

  7. Readmikenow profile image97
    Readmikenowposted 2 years ago

    Smollett Is Charged With Giving False Police Report

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/chicago-po … 1550703632
    https://hubstatic.com/14423244.jpg

    1. crankalicious profile image94
      crankaliciousposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      What is your basis for thinking that Christine Ford lied? Because I can show you a couple times where Brett Kavanaugh lied to Congress. Are you outraged by that?

      1. Live to Learn profile image77
        Live to Learnposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Let's think.

        "I don't drink heavily."
        "He raped me."

        Which lie is more damaging? Which lie is subjective?

        1. crankalicious profile image94
          crankaliciousposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          I applaud thinking. It's a good thing.

          What was Kavanaugh's motive for lying? To be a Supreme Court judge, right?

          What was Ford's reason for lying? So she could be hounded and ridiculed by the media?

          Who has more motivation to lie?

          Oh, and Kavanaugh did lie to Congress. Boofing? Devil's Triangle? His answers were total BS.

 
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