Get These Fake News Sites Off Your Feed Now

New York Times. Boston Globe. Associated Press. Los Angeles Times. Slate. These and more have been found to produce fake news in the past.

Fake news sources cannot be trusted in your news feed. Since you don’t have the ability to tell the wheat from the chaff – at least according to the wizards at Face Book and Google – they must simply be stripped from your reality.

Jayson Blair of the New York Times. Plagiarism and fabrication of stories lead to his dismissal.

The resulting inquiry led to the discovery of fabrication and plagiarism in a number of articles Blair had written. Some fabrications include Blair’s claims to have traveled from New York to the city mentioned in the dateline, when he did not.

There are at least 7 instances – see the wiki – of where he fabricated news. Which was printed in the NYTimes.

Washington Post reporter Janet Cooke, was forced to return a Pulitzer Prize, when it turned out the article was fake.

She won a Pulitzer Prize in 1981 for an article written for The Washington Post, but the story was later discovered to have been fabricated. Cooke subsequently returned the Pulitzer, the only person to date to do so, after admitting she had fabricated stories.

Barbara Stewart – of the Boston Globe – fabricated a story about the yearly seal hunt in Canada.

The story in question was about a Canadian seal hunt that was supposed to take place, but actually did not occur that day because of bad weather. Stewart wrote about it anyway as though it had actually happened. Her article, dated April 13, began, “Over the vigorous protests of international animal-welfare organizations, the largest seal hunt in a half-century resumed yesterday off Newfoundland and Labrador. Hunters on about 300 boats converged on ice floes, shooting harp seal cubs by the hundreds, as the ice and water turned red. Most of the seals were less than 6 weeks old.”

The Boston Globe also asked for the resignation of Patricia Smith.

The Boston Globe asked her to resign after editors discovered her metro column contained fictional characters and fabricated events in violation of journalism practice

Patrica Smith also wrote a review of a concert in the 1980s for the Chicago Sun Times, even though she did not attend that concert.

The Associated Press reported (in 2005) that a US serviceman had been captured by Iraqi dissidents. The associated photo – which was supposed to be proof – was of a G.I. Joe action figure (named Cody).

The New Republic printed articles by Stephen Glass, which were then shown to be fake.

Over a three-year period as a young rising star at The New Republic, Glass invented quotations, sources, and events in articles he wrote for that magazine and others. Most of Glass’s articles were of the entertaining and humorous type; some were based entirely on fictional events. Several seemed to endorse negative stereotypes about ethnic and political groups.

The Los Angeles Times dismissed Eric Slater over fake news.

The newspaper announced the dismissal of the reporter, Eric Slater, at the end of an editor’s note in its Tuesday issue. The note said that the article, which was published on March 29, [2005] relied on poor reporting techniques, used quotations from anonymous sources whom editors could not verify and included a string of factual errors.

Slate published a story by Jay Forman, in 2001, about Monkeyfishing, which later was retracted.

And so it stood for almost six years, until last February [2007] when The New York Times ran an article featuring the work of Gretchen Cuda and Leonardo Blair. Cuda told StinkyJournalism how they had managed to blow the story out of the water with a single call to Jay Forman. After speaking with the students, Forman called editor Jack Shafer and made a full admission that the story had been fabricated. Shafer, in turn, offered a succinct apology: “In a note to me, Forman apologized for betraying Slate’s trust and for taking so long to come clean,” wrote Shafer. “I, in turn, apologize to Slate’s readers for publishing the story.”

The Rolling Stone magazine (now retracted) story of a rape at the University of Virginia. Law suits are pending.

Then there are stories in the gray area. The NY Times asserting that the Iran ransom payment was not a ransom payment because the Obama Administration said it was not a ransom payment.

The Duke University Lacrosse team rape scandal was widely reported. It turned out to be false. So which media outlet is to blame? All of them. (But I would start with the 24-hr cable news idiots that don’t check anything.)

All the crazy stories (and police cover-ups) reported without any verification during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

How many stories have the likes of NPR, NYT et al done on the subject of “guns are bad,” without ever giving space to law-abiding defensive use of firearms. Not fake exactly, just opinion masquerading as fact in many cases.

Katie Couric’s faked documentary Under the Gun, used deceptive editing. So I would say any news organization that hires her in any capacity would be suspect.

So who decides what is fake, what is propaganda, and what is real? The Left will say it should be them.

And do you really think there would be so much hand-wringing over fake news if Hilary had won the election? Of course not. Media Bias? There’s no media bias.

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2 thoughts on “Get These Fake News Sites Off Your Feed Now

  1. My favorite observation is Gell-Mann amnesia, a term coined by physicist Murray Gell-Mann. His example is you’ll read a story in the Times that’s about something you know and you say, “what a load of crap! They got every detail wrong!”, but then you turn the page and the amnesia sets in. You read a story about something you have no background knowledge of and assume it’s true and completely credible. Personally, I’ve noticed that any story I had knowledge of was reported incorrectly. I tried to do some stringer work for the local paper on fishing tournaments. They always got a lot of details wrong. And then you think of the intellectual level of the folks you knew who went into journalism and it all makes sense.

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