Felix Salmon on Piers Morgan hoax: Not a journalistic sin to pass along rumors in the 'new newsroom called Twitter'

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Reuters' Felix Salmon writes that many journalists are embarrassed about passing on the false rumor that CNN had suspended Piers Morgan, but they shouldn't be. "One of the things I like about Twitter is that it behaves in many ways a lot more like a newsroom than a newspaper. ... Rumors happen there, and then they get shot down — no harm no foul." He says institutional accounts should be held to a higher standard, but "for the rest of us, we’re conversing on Twitter just like we converse in real life." || Agree? Respond in the comments or on Twitter and I'll post some of the reactions.


Check it out: "What we need is a lot more reporting and a lot less guessing, whether on Twitter or anywhere else," writes AJR's Rem Rieder. "If you haven't checked it out, keep it to yourself – or tell your pals in an actual newsroom." || Not so fast: "Journalists are the anchors for what is true during breaking news on Twitter, falls down if they get had by a fake account," tweets Neal Mann of Sky News. || Job looks safe: Advertisers don't appear to be concerned about rumors of Morgan's involvement in hacking scandal.

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.

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