Tag Archive for Hoaxes

Getting garbage news out of the Facebook feed

Apparently people are getting fed up with fake news stories in their Facebook feeds. My question is, what will be left if the fake stories disappear? I kid. This is a great idea. I hope they still with it. But I suspect that “fake news” is a bit more complicated than they suggest. News Feed…

Doubtful News’ “Beyond Doubtful” list of no-go-to sources

The purpose of Doubtful News is to expose questionable claims in stories you find on the internet. Mostly we deal with major news outlets because those are the stories that people will search on to find additional information. We get those searchers who then can see some science-based, rational takes on paranormal, anomalies and alternative…

Fooled school: Taking advantage of good intentions (Updated)

School community fooled by leukemia hoax. When Jayden Mosness first heard about the plight of 10-year-old Alexander Jordan, he and his classmates wanted to help. Mosness says the entire school community thought Alexander was dying of leukemia. The story spread around town that he wanted to see an Eagle Valley football game, so the school…

Sometimes, the weird picture is REAL

I’ve long held that NO amount of photo evidence is going to be good enough to prove UFOs, Bigfoot, ghosts, and the like. Photos can be manipulated so easily and often are, just for fun and for purposeful hoaxing. But, sometimes the pictures ARE real. Here is a neat essay by Joe Schwarcz. Joe Schwarcz:…

Ben Radford releases new book on media-driven panics and hoaxes

My New Book ‘The Martians Have Landed!’ Now Released I’m pleased to announce that my sixth book, The Martians Have Landed! A History of Media-Driven Panics and Hoaxes, is now available. The book is co-authored with sociologist Robert Bartholomew (who also co-authored my first book back in 2003, Hoaxes Myths, and Manias: Why We Need…