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UK Sun ‘did not intend to suggest’ Kirsty Gallacher was drunk with ‘Thirsty Kirsty’ story?
 

Was TV host Kirsty Gallacher drunk on the job? That’s what tweets suggested and the UK Sun went ahead and reported. If the Sun had taken Gallacher’s word for it, they would have known she was not drunk, just ill. Her lawyers told the Sun so much before publication. Instead, the Sun added a tagline […]


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​AU ‘The ​Bachelor​’​ Host Complains over ​fat-shaming ​’Bali Belly’ Story, Press Council ​rules
 

The Daily Mail Australia mocked the host of Australia’s version of the reality TV show The Bachelor for gaining weight after receiving secretly taken photographs of him shirtless on Bali, Indonesia. The photos were taken when the host, Osher Gunsberg (also known as Andrew G), was in a remote village on a day off from […]


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UK Channel 4 TV News Identifies Wrong Man as Westminster Terror Attacker
 

When will the media learn its lesson? Yet again a news outlet jumped the gun in the horse race to be first and named the wrong person involved in a terrorism attack. This time it was the Westminster attack in London, March 22. From the Boston Marathon bombing and the Navy Yard shooting to the […]


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More Than Half of All Americans Unengaged in Health Care Controversy? HuffPost/YouGov Poll
 

While most polls suggest the American public is hanging on every news story about the upcoming vote on the Republicans’ Health Care legislation, a HuffPost poll provides a quite different perspective. By giving respondents an explicit “unsure” option, and by measuring intensity of opinion, the HuffPost/YouGov poll reveals a more nuanced public than what most […]


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​Reporter fired by BuzzFeed in 2014, Now Suspended by ​Independent Journal Review​ over​ ​​Obama Hawaii Travel Ban Story Fail
 

Being fired for plagiarism from his previous BuzzFeed job apparently wasn’t considered a big deal by the Independent Journal Review when it hired Benny Johnson to be its chief content officer. Johnson was fired from BuzzFeed in 2014 after “more than 500” of his posts were reviewed, with 41 of them found to contain plagiarism, […]


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Newsday Fires Pet Columnist for Faking People, Recycling Q&A
 

Crime reporter Kevin Deutsch’s reporting isn’t the only work at Newsday with problematic sources. While the grind of fact checking the existence of sources in Deutsch’s crime reports continues, the Long Island newspaper revealed March 20 that its pet columnist Marc Morrone was fabricating people and recycling questions and answers for his column, “Animal Island.” In […]


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BBC Twitter Video, Tweet suggest Blasphemy deserves Punishment
 

“What is the right punishment for blasphemy?” BBC Asian Network asked that provocative question on its Twitter account @bbcasiannetwork last week, suggesting with the tweet that blasphemy deserves punishment. In Pakistan, blasphemy can be punished with the death penalty, the Guardian noted. Outrage aimed at the BBC network’s Twitter account, with its 78,800 followers, resulted […]


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Fake News about Donald Trump in Tanzania? 9 journalists suspended
 

Looks like fake news about President Donald Trump got nine journalists in Tanzania in trouble. The journalists reported a story claiming Trump praised Tanzania’s President John Magufuli, calling him an “African hero.” The nine Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation journalists, “including celebrated reporter/presenter” Gabriel Zacharia, were duped by the fake story, according to French wire service Agence France […]


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