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DC Journalists fall for another hoax

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by DanOregon, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Didn't see another thread on this, and I understand why its being downplayed by the cable nets, but imagine you're a guy who hears on CNBC that the US Chamber of Commerce now supports the climate change bill and decide to dump or buy a bunch of stocks based on that info, and you move fast to get the best price. Then you find out it was a prank. A very elaborate prank, but a prank nonetheless.

    Doesn't anyone check anything out anymore?
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/19/AR2009101902988.html?sid=ST2009101903583
     
  2. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Ha! It used to be papers could edit the wire services. Now if they are wrong, the bad news still gets posted on your web site.

    I wonder if that "prank" was just for fun or to make a stock market killing.
     
  3. forever_town

    forever_town Active Member

    Guess we're going to have to do our own fact-checking when we read news stories or watch TV or read the interwebs.

    Great.
     
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