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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.

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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…

Media magic: Recycled stories float to the surface to ride a new wave

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Today, a tipster sent me this story dated Jan 9, 2014: Student expelled for casting a spell | firstcoastnews.com. Outrageous, right? Indeed. Great story! Except this EXACT story is from the year 2000. You can spot clues in the piece (which quotes the YEAR) even if you don’t remember the made-for-TV movie in 2006 about it.…

Misinformation in the news continues to prosper because no one complains

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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…

Fox News IQ study hoax exposed

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“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…

Pretty Riduculous PRoblems with PR Newswire

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Often you can find ridiculous “news” stories on actual news websites that are simply press release reprinted word for word. The Sacremento Bee does this and here is an example: Companies Increasingly Seeking Paranormal Advice to Help Inspire Employees, Says Dr. Robert Fahey ‘Tis the season to be jolly. Business owners want to grow business.…

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

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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

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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

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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…