February 24, 2014

iMediaEthics

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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Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City…
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