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Dec 16, 2016

Walk of shame for Herald Sun for getting into bed with incest story

“I like to think of it as more of a Trojan Horse than a hoax -- essentially because I dressed up an attack in a very pretty package and let the reporters take the bait.” Freelance journalist Harrison Johnstone reports.

A Reddit user whose story of dramatically finding out her fiance was actually her half-brother went viral yesterday has taken the whole thing back, saying it was a hoax designed to expose how the media shamelessly rips and repurposes anonymous Reddit posts with no attempts at verification. Outlets to pick up Reddit user Oopscest's post yesterday included news.com.au (from where it was republished on the Herald Sun), the Daily Mail, Cosmopolitan and UPROXX.

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In the original, since-deleted post, Oopscest elaborated on her relationship: its humble beginnings, their dysfunctional upbringing and that their wedding is to take place in six weeks -- only to find that the fathers they’d grown up with and without were one and the same. “I'm betrayed. I'm disgusted. I'm hurt. I'm ashamed. I'm heartbroken. I don't know what to do. I've invested so much money into this wedding and much of it is non-refundable,” the original post stated. That was enough for many outlets to make into a story, quoting extensively from the detailed and well-written account, even though it was posted anonymously on the social network.

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  1. ralph

    “it shouldn’t escape you that actions like this, in high drama and publicity, do damage to the community and Reddit overall”. Ha, ha, ha. If they any respect for their brand, let alone the community, they would do some background research. That they didn’t, tells you everything you need to know. Its all bullshit.

  2. Djbekka

    Soooo… Reddit thinks that only ‘real’ stories should be posted by ‘authentic people’? Grow up boys and girls, hoaxes and wet dreams and inauthentic individuals and groups abound online. Yikes!

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