On Friday, the news exploded with the news of what would have been the end of the Trump presidency, a BuzzFeed story about how Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen was instructed to lie to Congress. For the individuals giddy at the prospect, the news spread like wildfire. For the rest of us, alarm bells went off immediately.
And then, came this equally large bomb:
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) January 19, 2019
Later reporting further sunk BuzzFeed’s boat:
After BuzzFeed published its story “the special counsel’s office reviewed evidence to determine if there were any documents or witness interviews like those described, reaching out to those they thought might have a stake in the case. They found none.” https://t.co/GZFdzHwPVK
— Tim O'Brien (@TimOBrien) January 20, 2019
One would think media consumers would’ve learned their lesson about immediately believing narratives involving Trump. You would be wrong.
Later in the weekend, we saw this:
Video shows a crowd of teenagers wearing ‘Make America Great Again’ hats taunting a Native American elder after Friday’s Indigenous Peoples March at the Lincoln Memorial https://t.co/Llu2d3bn3g pic.twitter.com/UZg4Qraqt8
For journalists who spent just a few minutes doing some research before trying to destroy the lives of high school kids and their school, the story fell apart.
Nobody burst Oliver Darcy’s bubble.
This is itself a false statement. News organizations don’t “invent” the news, like you claim. That said, when they get things wrong, they correct the mistakes. Sometimes, people even get fired and lose their jobs. The idea there isn’t any accountability is preposterous. https://t.co/eowzuygaUS
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) January 20, 2019