Wednesday, May 16, 2012

#Leveson #pressreform : Media Yet To Correct HOAX Story.

Once again it has been proven that mainstream media are no better than the BEANO...failing to check out a story that in the end turned out to be a hoax.

Daily Mail reporter can’t explain how false report got published

After publishing a false report about a dentist who pulled all of her ex-boyfriend’s teeth in revenge, a reporter for the Daily Mail’s website now says he’s unable to explain exactly where the story came from.
“I’ve drawn a bit of a blank,” MailOnline journalist Simon Tomlinson told, which has a look at how the hoax story spread far and wide. “The (Daily) Mail Foreign Service, which did the piece for the paper, is really just an umbrella term for copy put together from agencies. My news desk isn’t sure where exactly it came from.”
So it appears his byline was slapped on a story he had nothing to do with. A story that his editors seem to have no information about, that came from unnamed agencies, and was rewritten by … well, whom?
To call this strange is a massive understatement. MailOnline doesn’t seem to be able to explain how this story ended up on its website.
But I bet it did some boffo traffic!
From the report about the fake story: