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Trolling in Politics

I was watching CNN while the hurricane went through New York City, in one of the few times they weren't talking about that damn broken crane, one CNN reporter (Erin Burnett maybe?) brought up that the floor of the New York Stock Exchange was under three feet of water! It had been closed for a day before, and now might be closed much longer.

My first thought: "I'm glad I don't have stock in any Insurance Companies. When this gets back up, those are going to TANK! But, once this does go back up, I should buy some ServePro and Construction stock..."

Well, it turns out it wasn't true. At all. It was all a hoax brought about on Twitter by Shashank Tripathi, the campaign manager of Christopher Wight (R-N.Y.). He has since been fired.

But I think it brings up a good point in news for politics and just in general. THINGS YOU READ ON TWITTER ARE NOT NEWS! The idiots on twitter and facebook are not your primary sources or your reporters! So please, PLEASE stop quoting them as if they are! As a reporter, your job is to go out and find the news, not go on Twitter all day with your friends, and talk about what you saw later on in the day on television!

(P.S. I have not heard of anyone from CNN getting fired for not validating prior to reporting.)

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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,490 Senior Member
    Hey, we've got a populace that can't tell the difference between an opinion piece and an actual news article. Heck, some can't tell the difference between fact and opinion, period. Why should the reporters be any different?
    Overkill is underrated.
  • SideOfBaconSideOfBacon Member Posts: 111 Member
    Hey, we've got a populace that can't tell the difference between an opinion piece and an actual news article. Heck, some can't tell the difference between fact and opinion, period. Why should the reporters be any different?

    Ain't that the truth...
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,288 Senior Member
    The reporters read the stuff on Twitter and the internet, so it must be true. Everyone knows you can't put anything that isn't true on either. :tooth:
      I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don't know the answer”
    ― Douglas Adams
  • robert38-55robert38-55 Senior Member Posts: 3,621 Senior Member
    tennmike wrote: »
    The reporters read the stuff on Twitter and the internet, so it must be true. Everyone knows you can't put anything that isn't true on either. :tooth:

    And if ya don't believe that then ya ever seen that insurance commerical on TV where the guy is diagraming his accident? There a girl standing beside him, and she is telling him "they can't put stuff on the internet that ain't true, where did you hear that? the intenet, and then this big brute comes along an she swears up and down he is a French model? It's a pretty funny commercial, but never the less kinda of goes along with the post here.

    With all jokes aside I feel that the US media and maybe some abroad too, have slanted the articles or flat bent the truth around in 600 different ways. This seems like the norm for the last 4 or 5 decades or so. Gone are the days of 'the reporter going to get the real scoop.' Seems like the media plasters anything, anytime, anyway on the broadcast circuits with a blantant disregard for what is real or not real. No wonder its such a chore just to figure out who is lying and who is not when a story breaks. Here lately I have noticed that when a story is presented by someone in the TV media, right after the story is told, they have a tendency to add lip/lib, putting their own spin on the story.
    "It is what it is":usa:
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,288 Senior Member
    Robert, that saying about you can't put anything on the internet that isn't true has been around since the internet was born. No different than the print media, really. Don't believe anything you hear and only half of what you personally see, and you will be better informed than the teeming masses.
      I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don't know the answer”
    ― Douglas Adams
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