I don’t think people join FB just for the sake of it.
Jane Doe, programmer

Why would they report it???? because Cnn has for a while switched from qa professional outlet into propaganda ( democratic party propaganda to be specific)…. It is just that they are doing it a bit better than most, while BBC has a perfect way of reporting in which it seems that they are doing a great professional job, while at the same time they manage to make the report create a certain picture in the minds of the viewers… It is not even that difficult- ( I worked on similar things)… it is all about where in the text you put which piece of information…

Plus this was a story about North Korea…. and just like with Saddam, THE taliban., ,ISIS… any kind of story which makes the opponent look bad as going to be put up there… Remember the stories about Saddam , personally, putting his opponents through meat/grinders? Demonizing the enemy is one of the oldest tricks in the book.

Then there is the “Internet portal effect” that has become ever/present in the newsrooms all over. Thanks to the fact that everyone is simply trying to post their news as fast as possible, no one does background checks on the info they picked up from some internet outlet…

Anyways, you are probably right about the need to provide some sort of proof for what I was saying

would articles form the Guardian

or the business insider do…. or should I post more of them

The problem is that once it became clear that the story was perfectly fake- the ones who reported it first on the west never went back to say they were wrong…

which gets us to the FB thing….. there is a big difference between a product campaign and a news story ( especially a fake, or rather explosive stories) …even before it was possible to spread something around the globe in 5 minutes information had another, faster way of going around than anything else…

I mentioned the “internet portal effect”…. I deal with it at least once or twice a week. When a ( usually young, ,or one who came in from another medium) reporter sees something on a news portal or a social network and their first reflex is to put it on the air, before someone else does. Every time I have to make them check, then recheck from a different source, and, explain why unless they themselves are present and witness an event they can not go on air with a story which wasn’t confirmed.

Now, I work for a public broadcaster, so we have some luxuries that the journalists working for private media do not have. THE main one is that we do not depend on advertisement for our wages- which means we are not obliged to , as they say, “Jump on the first ball”. That is something that most of the reporters in the privately owned media can not afford. They are under such pressure to be faster, and more explosive ( another advantage of working with the public media is that we do not have to resort to Tabloid journalism) that it is not just that they ,often do not have time to do proper work, it is that that kind of culture is encouraged.

I have spent about 10 years jumping from one medium to anther ( Radio, Newspapers, even a couple of news wire services , plus a lot of freelancing)

And I have seen it in action, what matters is to come in (or simply find on the net) with material that would make noise= attract attention, the truthfulness of it was secondary.

Speaking of…. Most of the reporters and the people working with news portals, or newswires, would have never had the time to do the research that you just did with those kids .

Yes I spoke to them, and you are right, they did not mention that the site was paid for , while I made a mistake of not checking it… I was following up on a request of a friend who could not travel down here personally. It wasn’t mine and at the time and I dismissed it too easily .. Just so that you know, I am currently extremely pissed off at myself.

SO…. Thnx :) ….. And … beautifully done :)

That does put a different light on the story…there is no way those two pot-heads y would be paying ( even if it is just 10 dollars) simply for the fun of it.

Take Care

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