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London Bridge WON'T be torn down for 'Marijuana Mecca,' UK Sun retracts sourceless claim
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London Bridge WON'T be torn down for 'Marijuana Mecca,' UK Sun retracts sourceless claim
By: Sydney Smith
July 21, 2014 08:25 PM EST
The UK Sun falsely reported London Bridge might be torn down to build a "MARIJUANA mecca." Not that London Bridge. A London Bridge in Arizona, near Lake Havasu. The bridge was bought from the British...
Fake! Air Force One Didn't Crash, Wall Street Journal hacked
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Fake! Air Force One Didn't Crash, Wall Street Journal hacked
By: Sydney Smith
July 21, 2014 11:30 AM EST
The Wall Street Journal's Facebook page was hacked this weekend and fake stories were published, Mediaite reported. The two fake stories claimed Air Force...
'2 Remaining Suspects' for Phone Hacking; 6 Journalists Won't Be Charged
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'2 Remaining Suspects' for Phone Hacking; 6 Journalists Won't Be Charged
By: Sydney Smith
July 21, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The UK Crown Prosecution Service decided not to charge six journalists with phone hacking last week. According to the Press Gazette, the six had been "questioned by police" related to "suspicion of...
Reporter tampers with Malaysian crash scene, goes through victim's suitcase
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Reporter tampers with Malaysian crash scene, goes through victim's suitcase
By: Sydney Smith
July 20, 2014 05:47 PM EST
Sky News admitted it was "inappropriate" for one of its reporters to go through a Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 victim's luggage on air. Sky News's Colin Brazier even commented when he was poking...
Breastfeeding NOT cause for cancer, UK newspaper's graphic fail
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Breastfeeding NOT cause for cancer, UK newspaper's graphic fail
By: Sydney Smith
July 20, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The UK Metro reported earlier this year that breastfeeding is a cause of cancer. But it wasn't true. Two people complained to the Press Complaints Commission, flagging the accuracy of the Metro's...
A fair breaking news MH17 headline or bad taste? CNN Reporter 'sees bodies' in Malaysia flight wreckage
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A fair breaking news MH17 headline or bad taste? CNN Reporter 'sees bodies' in Malaysia flight wreckage
By: Sydney Smith
July 19, 2014 12:37 PM EST
CNN is promoting at the top of its web page that its reporter "sees bodies" from the Malaysia Airlines plane crash. The flight, Malaysian Airlines flight 17, was headed from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. With 298...
MH17 Coverage: MSNBC airs prank call, fake interview with US Embassy in Ukraine
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MH17 Coverage: MSNBC airs prank call, fake interview with US Embassy in Ukraine
By: Sydney Smith
July 19, 2014 05:00 AM EST
MSNBC boasted it secured an "eyewitness exclusive" report about the Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Ukraine this week. But, MSNBC was duped and aired a prank call. Making matters worse, the MSNBC reporter...
CNN apologizes, re-assigns reporter calling Israelis 'scum'
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CNN apologizes, re-assigns reporter calling Israelis 'scum'
By: Sydney Smith
July 18, 2014 12:20 PM EST
CNN apologized after a correspondent called a group of Israelis "scum" in a tweet. The network also pulled the reporter, Diana Magnay, from covering Gaza and she will now cover Moscow, according to the...
'We're lying,' Sara Firth quits Russia Today over Malaysia crash coverage
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'We're lying,' Sara Firth quits Russia Today over Malaysia crash coverage
By: Sydney Smith
July 18, 2014 11:52 AM EST
Russia Today reporter Sara Firth resigned this morning after accusing the state-run news channel of airing fake claims about yesterday's Malaysian Airlines crash. "It's flying with that border of overtly...
Was balding Heir to the Throne's Hair Photoshopped in Vanity Fair? 'We obviously did not add more hair' to Prince William'
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Was balding Heir to the Throne's Hair Photoshopped in Vanity Fair? 'We obviously did not add more hair' to Prince William'
By: Sydney Smith
July 18, 2014 11:41 AM EST
Vanity Fair has been accused of Photoshopping its cover image of Prince William, Kate Middleton and their baby Prince George. But, while Middleton has been the subject of photo doctoring before, this time, it's...
'Torture, Mutilation & Murder' Costs Discovery Channel $171,000 in UK
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'Torture, Mutilation & Murder' Costs Discovery Channel $171,000 in UK
By: Sydney Smith
July 18, 2014 05:00 AM EST
UK broadcast regulator OfCom fined the Investigation Discovery channel £100,000 (about $171,000 U.S.) for airing eight graphic episodes of a true crime program. Ofcom released its ruling July 16. Last summer,...
Are Cop Shootings Caused By Black Men 'Without Fathers'? NJ News 12 TV reporter says so
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Are Cop Shootings Caused By Black Men 'Without Fathers'? NJ News 12 TV reporter says so
By: Sydney Smith
July 17, 2014 05:00 AM EST
A New Jersey TV reporter was suspended and later quit for claiming the "underlying cause" of the recent murder of a police officer was because of "young black men growing up without fathers." The...
Daily Mail falsely accuses UK politician, pays $26K libel settlement
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Daily Mail falsely accuses UK politician, pays $26K libel settlement
By: Sydney Smith
July 16, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Daily Mail falsely accused UK politician Tom Clarke of having a personal interest in voting on expense repayment. Clarke is a member of Parliament. The Mail wrongly reported that he was criticized for his expenses in...
Being hoaxed was 'crushing & embarrassing,' Peta Pixel says, Battle of the Bulge WWII Photos NOT discovered
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Being hoaxed was 'crushing & embarrassing,' Peta Pixel says, Battle of the Bulge WWII Photos NOT discovered
By: Sydney Smith
July 15, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Several sites, including Peta Pixel, Gawker blog io9 and Popular Photography, reported the exciting news that there had been a recent discovery of a World War II soldier's camera and photos of the Battle of the...
Rob Ford's Rehab: Anonymous sources say he fought and 'broke things'
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Rob Ford's Rehab: Anonymous sources say he fought and 'broke things'
By: Sydney Smith
July 14, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Did Toronto's troubled mayor Rob Ford get "into fights" and break things while in rehab? The Toronto Star said so based on a fuzzy number of anonymous sources. Regular Joes and Janes would likely never have...
Sleeping Yankees Fan sues ESPN, Major League Baseball & Yankees
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Sleeping Yankees Fan sues ESPN, Major League Baseball & Yankees
By: Sydney Smith
July 13, 2014 05:00 AM EST
A man who was shown on national TV sleeping during a Yankees-Red Sox game has filed a lawsuit agianst ESPN, Major League Baseball and Yankees, the New York Times reported. The man, Andrew R. Rector, is suing for $10...
Angelina Jolie to sue The Mail over claim of heroin addiction in 1999 video?
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Angelina Jolie to sue The Mail over claim of heroin addiction in 1999 video?
By: Sydney Smith
July 12, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The UK Daily Mail has been busy with legal threats from celebrities this week. The London Times  reports that Angelina Jolie is suing the Daily Mail for publishing a 1999 video of her that, it claimed, showed her...
George Clooney blows off Mail's 'premeditated lie' and 'coverup'
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George Clooney blows off Mail's 'premeditated lie' and 'coverup'
By: Sydney Smith
July 11, 2014 10:23 AM EST
Rescue Team Didn't Try to Revive 17 dismembered bodies in Kentucky
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Rescue Team Didn't Try to Revive 17 dismembered bodies in Kentucky
By: Sydney Smith
July 11, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Many social media users have been duped by a satire story claiming 17 dismembered bodies were found in Kentucky.  The satire story had 200,000 shares on Facebook as of July 9 for its publisher by Empire News. The...
Jakarta Post ISIS cartoon offended Islamists, Retracts, Apologizes for 'religious symbolism"
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Jakarta Post ISIS cartoon offended Islamists, Retracts, Apologizes for 'religious symbolism"
By: Sydney Smith
July 10, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Jakarta Post apologized July 8 for an offensive cartoon about the terrorist group ISIS. The cartoon was published July 3 in print. According to the apology, "The cartoon contained religious symbolism that may...
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