We wrote earlier this month about the New York Daily News and WPIX being hoaxed by a fake video claiming to be from the alleged June bar fight between popular recording stars Chris Brown and Drake. The video, posted on YouTube by “takecareofficial” on June 14, appeared to be the exact same video as another YouTube user, “phreaktor1,” posted on February 5.
While neither the Daily News nor WPIX responded to iMediaEthics’ e-mails letting them know the video was a phony and asking for corrections, the video is not on either site anymore. And, the video appears to have been taken down from YouTube.
This is the WPIX article in question which no longer shows the YouTube video from “takecareofficial.” The headline has also been changed to remove the “VIDEO” tag. There is no correction or note about the change to the post and no change to the article’s timestamp. See below iMediaEthics’ screenshots of the top and bottom of the original WPIX video.
The New York Daily News not only removed the video from its website, but replaced its original post with a new article. The original article iMediaEthics saw on June 15 was titled “Manager of SoHo club where Chris Brown, Drake squared off over Rihanna arrested by NYPD,” and by the Daily News’ Joe Kemp, who didn’t respond to iMediaEthics’ June 15 e-mail, and and Corky Siemaszko. See below, iMediaEthics’ screenshot of the top of the original report.
See below, a screenshot of the new headline, byline and updated timestamp.
And, while the original article reported on the arrest of Jonathan Cantor, the manager of the club where the alleged fight happened, and background on the incident, the new article in its place reports on an interview with a “witness” of the incident and only at the bottom of the article mentions the arrest of Cantor in a brief sentence. The bottom of the article mentions that Kemp, along with five other writers, as contributing, with a note reading: ” With Rocco Parascandola, Joe Kemp, Debbie Truong, Michael J. Feeney, Janon Fisher and Carson Griffith.”
The original article included the fake video. See below a screenshot.
We have written to the Daily News and WPIX asking why there are no disclosures that the two sites removed the fake footage. We also asked the Daily News why it didn’t disclose to readers that its article has changed. We will update with any responses.