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

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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…

Did NASA fund controversial study? Not really. Click-bait? A bit.


A study regarding “the end of civilization” was picked up by many major news outlets who emphasized involvement of NASA. NASA has seen fit to issue a clarifying response to this association. NASA Clarifies Role in New Civilization-Collapse Study | Space.com. NASA officials released this statement on the study today (March 20): “A soon-to-be published…

CNN becoming a tabloid


USA Today has an opinion piece on CNN’s coverage of the Malaysian airplane mystery. They report that BuzzFeed found that “during one stretch on March 12, CNN spent 256 out of 271 broadcast minutes on the plane.” Overcoverage? Yes. There were plenty of other things going on in the world. Plenty. But, as the piece…

Cryptozoology News — It’s fake

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Attention everyone (I’m going to brandish my clue stick and hit you with it today). Cryptozoology has a terrible reputation for hoaxing, exaggeration and rampant speculation. There are also many fictional news outlets that mimic real sites. The site “Cryptozoology News” is at least in most instances, a “

Not new Knockout Game is media hype


I’ve been watching this brew for the last two weeks, waiting for an expose on whether this is actually happening or media hype. Today, many news outlets are finally reporting it as “hype”, not a sudden epidemic. Guess What? The ‘Knockout Game’ Is America’s Latest Phony Panic. Have teenagers adopted a new game of random…

Misinformation in the news continues to prosper because no one complains


Whatcha gonna do? Journalists can’t help but chase sensational stories. Media manipulator Ryan Holiday explains why – The Next Web. The demands of online journalism, where page views reign supreme and the time between starting an article and pressing publish is increasingly restricted, has triggered all sorts of unprecedented and questionable journalistic behavior. Indeed. This…

Doubtful News favorite stories of 2012


It’s that time of year where you see list after list of the BEST this or that. Well, these weren’t necessary the best but they were our favorite stories of the year here at Doubtful News. We posted around 2000 stories so it was a lot to dig through. But, your two editors picked out…

Fox News IQ study hoax exposed


“Researchers at The Intelligence Institute, a conservative non-profit group, tested 5,000 people using a series of tests that measure everything from cognitive aptitude to common sense and found that people who identified themselves as Fox News viewers and ‘conservative’ had, on average, significantly lower intelligent quotients.” *BUUZZZ* Wrong. Did you fall for this? I did…

Side-by-side arguments do not persuade, but entrench those with firm positions


This is nothing we didn’t already suspect but many news outlets still think this works. ‘Balanced’ News Reports May Only Inflame – NYTimes.com. Liberals viewing MSNBC or reading left-of-center blogs may well end up embracing liberal talking points even more firmly; conservative fans of Fox News may well react in similar fashion on the right.…

Breaking bad: CNN and Fox’s epic fail


Here was some doubtful news that warns you not to trust breaking news so much. ‘Mandate struck down’: ‘Dewey Defeats Truman’ moment for CNN, Fox News The Supreme Court upheld the individual insurance mandate of President Obama’s “Affordable Health Care Act” in a 5-4 decision on Thursday, sending cable news and Twitter into a frenzy.…

News disclaimer: It’s not journalism, it’s theater


A popular episode of This American Life radio show about factory conditions at the Apple manufacturer Foxconn in China has been retracted. The story raises signficant questions regarding the ethics of journalism and the importance of the message over the facts. This American Life Retracts Mike Daisey’s Piece On Foxconn For “Significant Fabrications” “We’ve learned…