Jan 9, 2017

Truth goes down the drain: media poop scoop turns out to be a load of the same

The Australian Reddit community has long been aware of how reporters trawl the social network for story leads, and appears more than willing to lead them astray for shits and giggles.

Myriam Robin — Media Reporter

Myriam Robin

Media Reporter

What does it take to get your made-up story on Australia’s most popular news site? Just an anonymous Reddit account, a story that will get people clicking, and a digitally altered image.

A Reddit user whose story was run prominently in some of Australia’s leading online news outlets in the early days of 2017 now admits the whole thing was made up because “I was bored”.

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6 thoughts on “Truth goes down the drain: media poop scoop turns out to be a load of the same

  1. Jackson Harding

    And none of these tenants possessed a bucket? Such an obvious troll.

  2. klewso

    ….”Don’t write crap”? Seems the temptation is too great?
    A lot of our professional media is so obssessed with drawing attention to the low points of humanity (in the “interests of entertainment”, they don’t have to be verifiably true?) thereby exposing their own?

  3. Bill Hilliger

    Haw, haw, haw, some of the MSM churnalists and stenographers bought it. Then again, easy to fool MSM people nowadays. Ask any politician.

  4. Woodward Adrien

    Media watch needs to run a segment each week dedicated to hilariously (obviously) fake news stories. They cover the odd daily mail regurgitation, but with the amount going around at the moment you could easily fill a prime time half hour slot. Now that’s entertainment!

  5. AR

    Fake news, post truth, pphhh! Gulf of Tonkin? Boor Outrage?Sabine Women?

    1. Iskandar

      And don’t forget how Russia is guilty of absolutely everything.

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