The false report by the Muslim teen who claimed she was attacked by three men shouting “Donald Trump!” was bad enough, but the way the media swallowed the story was another example of sloppy journalism.
Most outlets didn’t attach any skepticism to her claim, treating it as fact even though there were no witnesses to an attack that she said happened on a crowded subway.
Police took her seriously, but now charge her with filing a false report. -Michael Goodwin
The Washington Post has erroneously reported that Sarah Palin, the former vice presidential candidate and former Fox News contributor, is joining the Qatari-owned news network Al Jazeera... the Post’s Suzi Parker writes today in a post on the She The People blog, titled “Sarah Palin’s plan to reach ‘millions of devoutly religious people’ through al-Jazeera.” ... Palin responds: Hey @washingtonpost, I'm having coffee with Elvis this week. He works at the Mocha Moose in Wasilla #suziparkerscoops
“Psychology,” one methodologist told the Chronicle of Higher Education, “has become addicted to surprising, counter-intuitive findings that catch the news media’s eye.” That’s a scandal, all right. Stapel’s professional treachery is a scandal, too. But the biggest scandal is that the chumps took him seriously in the first place.
USA Today: The Chainsaw Bayonet
USA Today is really concerned that AR-15 owners may start putting chainsaw bayonets on the end of their military-grade, chrome-plated, super-duper terrifying "assault" rifles.
So concerned, in fact, that they posted this info video on Twitter explaining the rifle used by the Texas shooter, and all the possible after-market accessories you can buy for it – including, apparently, chainsaw bayonets. -Brittany M. Hughes
Liberal, Incompetence, Funny, Brilliance, Oops, Press
The New York Times, CNN, and Associated Press all fell for an elaborate hoax where a troll pretended to be a witness to the San Bernardino shooting.
A Twitter user using the handle of @JewyMarie tweeting during the attacks claiming to be a witness. A number of reporters then contacted her, and she managed to bluff her way an through an extensive interview with AP, which was then reported by The Times.
Bay Area Station KTVU Reports
Asiana 214 Pilot Names:
• "Sum Ting Wong"
• "Wi Tu Lo"
• "Ho Lee Fuk"
• "Bang Ding Ow"
Liberal, Funny, Brilliance, Oops, Press, Adult
On today’s Noon newscast on KTVU, the station claimed it had “just learned the names of the 4 pilots on board” Asiana flight 214 which crashed last Saturday. But the station was given bad information that made it all the way into the newscast... TV station reports Asiana pilots as 'Sum Ting Wong,' 'Wi Tu Lo,' 'Ho Lee Fuk,' 'Bang Ding Ow'...
Liberal, Brilliance, Oops, Press
RETRACTED: Nancy Reagan Gives Her Endorsement to ... Hillary Clinton?
We fell for a hoax. As soon as we realized our error, we issued a retraction. We apologize to our readers. -Emily Greenhouse, Bloomberg
Liberal, Funny, Brilliance, Oops, Press, Hoax
Two white flags mysteriously appeared atop the Brooklyn Bridge on Tuesday morning, and the Associated Press reported that “an entity” known as Bike Lobby on Twitter claimed responsibility. The problem is -- Bike Lobby (@BicycleLobby) is a parody account. They say so right in their Twitter profile.
Liberal, Brilliance, Oops, Press
New York magazine has backed away from its story about a high school student who claimed to have made $72 million trading stocks, apologizing for the story, which senior Mohammed Islam now says is false... A source close to the Islam family told the Washington Post that the statements were falsified. “We were duped,” the publication continued in the statement. “Our fact-checking process was obviously inadequate; we take full responsibility and we should have known better. ‘New York’ apologizes to our readers.”
Liberal, Hate, Character, Racism, Press, Smears, Academia, Lie, Hoax, Bigotry
A massive racism hoax took place at Oberlin College in February 2013 in which two students made seemingly racist, anti-Semitic and other such posters, graffiti and emails for the purpose of getting a reaction on campus, not because they believed the hostile messages. At least one of the two was an Obama supporter with strong progressive, anti-racist politics. School officials and local police knew the identity of the culprits, who were responsible for most if not all of such incidents on campus, yet remained silent as the campus reacted as if the incidents were real. National media attention focused on campus racism at Oberlin for weeks without knowing it was a hoax.
These tales were purveyed in KGB-operated magazines that would then flack them to reputable news organizations. Often enough, they would be picked up. News organizations are notoriously sloppy about verifying their sources. All in all, it was amazingly easy for Soviet-bloc spy organizations to fake many such reports and spread them around the free world. As a spy chief and a general in the former Soviet satellite of Romania, I produced the very same vitriol Kerry repeated to the U.S. Congress almost word for word and planted it in leftist movements throughout Europe. KGB chairman Yuri Andropov managed our anti-Vietnam War operation.
Liberal, Incompetence, Racism, Narrative, Oops, Press
Sunday's “Justice-For-Trayvon” march held by the New Black Panther Party was attended by a woman holding a sign reading: “Racist and Proud.” Several media outlets incorrectly identified the woman as a "George Zimmerman supporter," and the story took off, providing the left with supposed evidence of racism among those who believe Zimmerman was not guilty. However, an interview with Breitbart News at the Houston rally itself proved that she was an anti-Zimmerman demonstrator attempting to use sarcasm to prove her point.
Liberal, Incompetence, Oops, Press, Lie, Hoax
The hoax began with vague and ambiguous reporting from the Houston Chronicle in regards to a picture of a protester holding a sign that during a Justice-for-Trayvon/New Black Panther Party protest. The New York Daily News’ Philip Caulfield then distorted the Chronicle’s reporting and spun a narrative portraying the Houston paper’s report as directly identifying the sign bearer as a “Zimmerman supporter.” A Democratic strategist, Tara Dowdell, then took to FOX News and asserted the false narrative as fact. Soon, the UK’s Daily Mail repeated the false reporting from the New York Daily News as fact to an international community.
Liberal, Hate, Funny, Brilliance, Oops, Press, Smears
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post incorrectly reported that Sarah Palin had signed on as a contributor to the Al Jazeera America news network. The blogger cited a report on the Daily Currant Web site as the basis for that information without realizing that the piece was satirical: The Sarah Palin Story is a cautionary tale about what can happen when politics and celebrity meet. Fox News and their once-upon-a-time darling Palin recently parted ways after three years. But it appears that Palin is still trying to find ways to stay relevant while her 15 minutes fades into the political history books. -Suzi Parker is an Arkansas-based political and cultural journalist and author of “Sex in the South: Unbuckling the Bible Belt.” Nice job, Suzi. -RB
Incompetence, Brilliance, Oops, Press
Footage from the BBC captured by watchdog group Honest Reporting shows a heavy man lying on the ground and being carried away by residents, apparently after being injured by an Israeli attack. Moments later, that same man again fills the frame, except he is walking about and obviously unhurt. The widespread staging of such victim situations is a favored tactic of Arabs fighting Israel and has come to be known as "Pallywood."
Liberal, Oops, Press
Then, have your editors retract Time's most recent ridiculous lies about me supposedly giving Sean Hannity a radio interview wherein I supposedly talked about Christina Aguilera (that I slammed her for her Nat'l Anthem mistake, and called for her deportation, etc). You guys were fooled into running a fake story that even US Weekly pulled and apologized for their blunder. Total lies - and you guys (once again) even put quotation marks around things I have never uttered.
Editorial, Funny, Brilliance, Oops, Press, Waste, Hoax
A plane took off from Moscow Monday headed for Cuba, but the seat booked by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was empty, and there was no sign of him elsewhere on board... According to the New York Times’ Jim Roberts, dozens of reporters are now en route to Fidel Castro’s paradise on the off chance that they might interview the former intelligence contractor. Instead, they fell into the trap of believing the cover story.
Last night while I was on Twitter, a few left-leaning reporters fell for a hoax SEIU press release announcing the withdrawal of the union’s endorsement of Barack Obama. The timing alone — midnight-ish — should have raised eyebrows. But Marc Ambinder of the The Atlantic (who called it a “symbolic shot across the bow”) and Kenneth Vogel of Politico (who has erased his tweets about it) fell for the prank before being cautioned by Ben Smith of Politico, who quickly debunked the bogus statement.
Liberal, Oops, Smears, Hoax
Binding him with duct tape and gagging him, a person or persons had taped his federal census ID to his head and shoulder and with a felt tip pen had scrawled FED on his chest. Network reporters, arriving in the area of the Daniel Boone National Forest, have expressed shock that the fresh-faced outdoorsy people in the area so outspokenly hate the federal government.
Liberal, Narrative, Oops, Press
A photo of a man in the Gaza Strip cradling his dead baby sparked outrage last November when The Associated Press published it with a caption saying the child was killed by an Israeli airstrike, but the wire service has since run a correction after the United Nations found a Hamas rocket was to blame.
Liberal, Funny, Brilliance, Oops, Press
Nick Bilton: Important piece by @nytkeIler defending @WikiLeaks and a plea to protect the First Amendment: opinion-nytimes.com/2012/07/29/opi… ... Bill Keller: THERE IS A FAKE OP-ED GOING AROUND UNDER MY NAME, ABOUT WIKILEAKS. EMPHASIS ON "FAKE. "AS IN, NOT MINE. ... Wow. @nickbilton, NYT's lead tech writer tweeted the fake @nytkeller op-ed. Pretty big fail to not recognize your own domain name.
Liberal, Character, Oops, Press, Lie
Don’t just repeat it. Report it.
That’s the lesson this week for MSNBC and for The Washington Post, both of which apologized for repeating a liberal blog’s claim that Mitt Romney had uttered a phrase on the campaign stump that was used in the past by the Ku Klux Klan. It appears that Mr. Romney did not in fact say the words “keep America American,” as AMERICAblog reported on Tuesday.
Liberal, Funny, Fraud, Brilliance, Oops, Press
This morning's New York Times is reporting that key details of an article published June 7 in Slate, "Monkeyfishing," were fabricated by the author, Jay Forman. Slate, which stood by the story and the author against earlier charges, now acknowledges that it published falsehoods and we apologize to our readers.
Earlier this morning, we posted a letter that carried the name of Bertrand Delanoë, the mayor of Paris, sharply criticizing Caroline Kennedy. This letter was a fake. It should not have been published. Doing so violated both our standards and our procedures in publishing signed letters from our readers.
Liberal, Incompetence, Oops, Press
General Electric called an earlier media report Wednesday that it would repay a $3.2 billion tax refund to the Treasury Department a "hoax". Members of an activist group calling themselves the "Yes Men" claimed responsibility for the hoax, according to a report from Reuters.
In a dramatic shift, the Chamber of Commerce announced Monday that it is throwing its support behind climate change legislation making its way through the U.S. Senate.
Only it didn’t.
An email press release announcing the change is a hoax, say Chamber officials.
Several media organizations fell for it.
"Everything the guy is wearing is exactly what comes with our figure."