In the mainstream media’s collective effort to disparage conservatives as quickly and completely as possible, reporters sometimes do not have the time to make sure their sources are accurate. Sometimes, as with Piers Morgan’s citation last week of a spoof article about Sarah Palin, the information reported is entirely fabricated.
Morgan, a man for whom bitter partisanship usually trumps appropriate research, is not the only CNN personality to accept an unverified source as accurate, however. Veteran newswoman Christiane Amanpour expressed her outrage Thursday about social media comments made by a non-existent congressman.
Posting to the account of a Rep. Steve Smith, a Twitter user made a joke Amanpour found offensive to people of German heritage.
“Maybe if we kept a better eye on them in 1939,” the tweet stated, “WWII wouldn’t have happened.”
The CNN correspondent chimed in on her own account by retweeting the comment with her own sentiment: “Seriously?”
Following her lead, a number of other Twitter users similarly criticized the post, which came from the “Republican Representative of Georgia’s 15th Congressional District,” according to the account profile.
While Amanpour succeeded in being among the first to call attention to the comment, her zeal came at the expense of reliability. In reality, not only is “Rep. Smith” a fictional character; Georgia does not even have a 15th congressional district.
Granted, the Internet makes it much easier for prospective comedians to spoof our culture; and, it can sometimes be difficult to differentiate between legitimate and counterfeit sources. In such an environment, however, recognized newscasters should be more valued than ever before for their pursuit of the truth.
Unfortunately, CNN and other news organizations routinely fall for the same scams that ensnare the general public.
Though it would take less than a minute for reporters to enter an unfamiliar name or unverified statistic into a search engine to ensure its authenticity, most are more than happy to take such information at face value if it supports their leftist worldview.
It is no wonder that, due to their own inconsistencies, the mainstream media’s stake in the information industry continues to shrink as alternative sources captivate more and more consumers.
–Western Journalism staff writer
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