Articles about "Hoaxes"


Jimmy Kimmel: It’s ‘easy’ to fool the media

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In an interview from Austin, Texas, Peter Kafka asked Jimmy Kimmel about his hoax videos, like the Sochi wolf and the twerking disaster video. "I’ve heard people suggest that these will get harder for you to do, because people will catch on. But it seems like you can do them forever," Kafka asks him. The TV host replies:
As long as people want to be the first one to post something, to get people to click through, it will be easy. If people start evaluating material, it will make it more difficult. [Laughs]. But I don’t see that happening. I don’t see us headed in that direction.
Kafka asks him if he's "trying to comment on the media." Kimmel replies: "I leave those comments for others to make." At the 2012 White House Correspondents Dinner, Kimmel did in fact make some comments about the media, cracking jokes about Rupert Murdoch, CNN and Keith Olbermann.
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Justin Bieber hoax snares numerous outlets

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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: (more...)
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Reporter falls for source with fake juvenile name, other Gannett properties print it

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Fourteen Gannett properties ran a quote from "Howie Felterbush" about the George Zimmerman verdict, Rhonda Roland Shearer and Sydney Smith report. Most of the outlets deleted the quote. Some, like WTLV and USA Today, updated the story with a note saying "Earlier, this story included a comment from a source whose name could not be verified."

WTLV executive producer for special projects Anne Schindler told the reporters she interviewed the person, whom she'd noticed not a lot of other reporters were interviewing. "Maybe I need a 7th grader to approve my copy -- to pick up on the boner jokes," she told iMediaEthics. "I missed it."

Just to be safe, Shearer and Smith searched public records for a person with that name, coming up with a Peter Felterbush in Pennsylvania and a Howie Filterbush in Tennessee. They also compiled a chart of which Gannett properties did what with the quote. "It's not even that good of a joke," Schindler told them.
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Why Tablet paid an author who tried to hoax it

Tablet The Hebrew sci-fi classic "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow" was fake and fake and fake, but Tablet published a piece about its "author" anyway, with a full accounting of why. Israeli writer Shay Azoulay pitched the magazine a biography of Jacob Wallenstein, whom Azoulay claimed was the author of the first science fiction book in Hebrew, "Blueprint for the World in the Year 2050." One problem, though. There was never a Jacob Wallenstein. Senior editor Matthew Fishbane preludes the faux biography on the faux opus by the faux Wallenstein with the story of how it came to Tablet and how, with a few fairly innocent questions thrown out over time to Azoulay and other colleagues, the folks at Tablet figured things out. Azoulay quickly apologized, Tablet reports. He just wanted to get noticed. And he also got paid, a decision Fishbane says in an email to Poynter the magazine "wrestled with." (more...)
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Denver Fox affiliate, Examiner.com hoaxed by story of man being mistaken for a terrorist

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Denver TV station KDVR, a Fox affiliate, broadcast a story Saturday that claimed an Italian shotgun-company executive "was taken in for questioning by law enforcement" after a taxi driver mistook him for a terrorist. KDVR didn't speak to the executive, Daniele Perazzi, but to his "U.S. attorney," who "told FOX31 Denver that her client was scared during the incident because he’s not familiar with U.S. gun laws and thought he’d done something wrong."

Daniele Perazzi died in 2012. The "incident is devoid of any foundation and the news is completely fabricated," the company said in a statement.

And the woman who contacted the station wasn't an attorney, KDVR now says. But she wasn't the only one flogging the story, KDVR reports:
David Kopel, a nationally-recognized Second Amendment attorney with the Independence Institute in Denver, first told FOX31 Denver about the alleged incident Saturday. He referred us to Korrine Aguirre, who, it now appears, concocted an elaborate but false story.
Kopel has been visiting faculty at Poynter and recently spoke at a Poynter seminar on how to cover guns. (more...)
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Prank call sends police to Wolf Blitzer’s house

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Montgomery County, Md., police arrived at CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer's house Saturday evening after receiving a message claiming there had been a shooting there, Michael Laris reports.

After calling CNN, police learned that it was another case of "SWATing," in which hoaxters send disguised emergency messages hoping for a big police response. A CNN spokesperson told Laris that Blitzer was "traveling and unavailable for comment."

Security writer Brian Krebs had a dinner party interrupted by such a call in March. Adam Nagourney and Ian Lovett reported earlier this month that the problem has gotten so annoying in Southern California that police are responding more warily to distress calls from celebrities.

Previously: Hoax sends SWAT team to reporter’s house
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‘Let Me Tweet That For You’ site raises concerns for journalists

This tweet looks pretty real, doesn't it?



It's not, though. I faked that tweet using a Web service named "Let Me Tweet That For You." It's pretty simple -- you type in a Twitter username and a message, and it generates a realistic-looking image of a tweet from that person. It even adds fake retweet and favorite counts to lend some more credibility.

The site is a project of OKFocus, a New York-based marketing agency. It's actually about a year old, but has been somehow rediscovered this week and is really taking off on Twitter. (more...)
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Fake study says Fox News viewers have low IQs

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A study that claimed Fox News viewers were significantly less intelligent than average Americans is a hoax, Michael Giltz writes. The "study" was ordered up by a group of conservatives who hope to move the Republican party in a more moderate direction, lead hoaxer "P. Nichols" told Giltz.
Making people embarrassed to say they watched FOX News (or better yet not watch FOX News at all) might help that goal. So the 5000 people who took part in the study were chosen by Nichols and non-scientists, essentially selected to guarantee the results they were looking for.
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Fake @CokieRoberts Twitter account fools journalists

One of two things happened on Monday:
  1. Veteran political news analyst Cokie Roberts joined Twitter and began a hapless and uncharacteristically snarky campaign of ranting, later mistaking Twitter for Google and tweeting Applebee's-related search queries; or
  2. Someone pretending to be Roberts decided to start a hoax account mocking the twitterphobic NPR and ABC journalist.
The answer: No. 2. (more...)
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Sony Nexus X hoax a tech version of fan fiction

Ti Kawamoto had an idea about the kind of Android phone he’d like to see on the market. Two Sundays ago, he played around with 3D modeling software to put together a vision of what he dubbed the Sony Nexus … Read more

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