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Tagged: / Posted: 16 January 2009

An article suggesting that a certain Moldovan footballer is the next Pele, has been floating around the internet. It has since emerged that the person does not exist and the article was deliberately placed with PA to highlight flat earth news. The BBC website recently posted the following response, which appeared in the Guardian.

Tagged: / Posted: 12 January 2009

Try this for a quick trip around the state of US journalism, deeply invaded by flat earth news -

 

http://uspolitics.einnews.com/article.php?nid=603384

 

 

Tagged: / Posted: 8 January 2009

I'm a freelancer who ran a (now discontinued) blog called World of Crap. In autumn 2006, just after the alleged terrorist plot to blow up loads of trans-Atlantic airliners was revealed and airport security cranked up, I exposed the "myth" of post 9/11 security. I did it again in 2007. I took photos chronicling just how easy it was for me to get potentially lethal weapons on board packed airplanes. In one instance, I hadn't even needed to smuggle anything through security, merely purchase my "weapon" from the airport's duty-free shop.

Tagged: / Posted: 3 January 2009

This appeared in my local paper and I tracked it down on the web. I think this story is Flat Earth News. Whether you like Margaret Thatcher or not is irrelevent. The point is this: Just because someone in your past, who clearly doesn't like you, said you are shrill (a classic and lazy criticism of women politicians in my view) doesn't make it a fact. I am sure if we trawled all our work colleagues, someone, somewhere would say about us "I didn't like her, she was a complete cow".

Tagged: / Posted: 27 December 2008

After the death, in December 2008, of Oliver Posgate, creator of Ivor the Engine and the Clangers, the Guardian reprinted an article which he wrote in 2003, in which he attacked the impact of commercialism on the production of children's television programmes. In one particularly striking paragraph, he wrote:"The demise of small companies and with them the elimination of integrity, is just the predictable result of trying to turn a small craft into a massive industry.

Tagged: / Posted: 17 December 2008

I spotted this in the Sunday Times 14 Dec 2008

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article5338122.ece

Wondering what place this might have in a 'quality' Sunday paper, I checked the online versions of two Dutch papers: NRC and De Telegraaf and two Belgian papers: De Standaard (Dutch language)and Le Soir (French language), a reasonable cross-section you might think - not a sign of this 'story' in any of them.

Tagged: / Posted: 8 December 2008

Hello there, I work in radio and I just wanted to shed some light on what goes on there. I found it quite shocking that major news outlets like the quality broadsheets do the same thing we do. But then we go one step further.

Tagged: / Posted: 20 November 2008

Won't somebody somewhere check the story about sex workers being trafficked into this country before the government causes complete chaos and misery for the prostitutes it claims to be protecting?

 I haven't checked the story myself, simply because I'm up to my neck in other work, but it carries the clearest possible signals that it may be false.

Tagged: / Posted: 17 November 2008

I was browsing through the social science books in the Auckland University Bookstore (NZ) and came across a book entitled "50 facts that should change the world" by Jessica Williams. Prominently on the cover was a "fact from the book which read: "150,000 people die as a result of global warming every year". Instantly i though of Flat Earth News. I believe that is a fact rebuked by Nick in the chapter about the PR industry. Nick reviews "facts" from the Greenpeace website. That was one of them. I just thought it was interesting that such a "fact" had made it into a major publication.

Tagged: / Posted: 14 November 2008

The media executives and senior journalists who try to defend the world of churnalism like to point out that an overworked reporter who is chained to a keyboard now can check far more facts than once was possible, because of the Internet. The fact that the Internet is awash with unchecked rumour, fabrication and propaganda doesn't seem to worry them: as long as everybody else is carrying the same more or less unchecked pseudo-stories, they feel safe. Here's a lesson in life on the reliability of Internet sources:

From the New York Times, November 12, 2008

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