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How right-wing media pushed the Ferguson "fractured eye socket" myth

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by LongTimeListener, Aug 28, 2014.

  1. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    First off, it sounds now like that never happened. This tweet from a CNN producer (others are making similar reports):


    Reports that Ofc Darren Wilson had a bruised or fractured eye socket are false. #ferguson
    A source close to the investigation tells CNN

    So then ... how did it start?


    Salon traced it to someone known by all as "the dumbest man on the Internet" (he must post here!), who took bits and pieces of rumored and information and then threw in some straight-out fabrications too. Despite everyone knowing his rep, that info got to Drudge, Fox News and throughout the RWSM (TM Starman).

    In truth, although it's still from "sources," the new version is that Wilson went to the hospital for some swelling in his eye, but that X-rays were negative.
  2. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    The Times has an article today about all the bad info about Ferguson on Twitter.

    Surprisingly, it wasn't all conceived and pushed by right wing media:

  3. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

  4. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

  5. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    I want everyone to remember all of this the next time you think that a conviction based on eyewitness testimony is sound.
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