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Social Media - Why bother fact checking?
« on: November 02, 2012, 12:43:47 PM »

long story short, a twitter user with 6500 followers makes a bunch of BS tweets about floodings in NY, the media accepts it as the gospel truth and reports it. Best part of it all:

The Twitter account has no real name attached to it. But Buzzfeed contributor Jack Stuef reported he was able to compare altered photos posted on the account to unedited versions of them elsewhere on the Internet. Stuef identified the account owner as Shashank Tripathi, a hedge fund analyst and campaign manager for a candidate for Congress.

Without a hint of irony, an article about fake social media journalism quotes a website commenter who posts the name of a campaign manager that they say is responsible for it.