Justin Bieber hoax snares numerous outlets


CNN, Gawker and The Atlanta Journal Constitution were among the media outlets who fell for a radio station’s hoax about Justin Bieber moving to Atlanta, Sydney Smith reports. Smith counts more than 20 outlets that ran stories claiming residents of Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood were protesting a potential move by Bieber into the city. (In fairness, legitimate Bieber news can often be difficult to believe.)

Amazingly, the Daily Mail wasn’t on Smith’s early list, but she assured me in a tweet the Mail was, in fact, on this fake story. Phew!

Some lovely images of bogus news:

Related: Poynter’s ever-growing Justin Bieber archives

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  • Marcus Matthews

    The hoax wasn’t that Justin is moving to Atlanta. He’s there now. He rented a house for 4 months from music producer Dallas Austin, just 10 mins north of Buckhead.

    The protest was for Justin not to purchase a home in Buckhead, since he was looking for homes in that part of Atlanta.