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How Fake News Gets Made

2012-07-19 16:38:40.103341+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

Ryan Holiday in Forbes.com: How Your Fake News Gets Made (Two Quick Examples):

Why does this happen? Because there are pageviews in it. Accusations and controversies make for great headlines. A dubious source, properly laundered on other blogs first, are all it takes for an eye-catching headline. A click is a click, whether or not the story turns out to be true. The fact that companies like American Apparel get stuck dealing with the negative insinuations and implications—or in the other case, that flimsy science indicts a whole industry of people—doesn’t matter.

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#Comment Re: made: 2012-07-19 20:09:31.093808+00 by: petronius

Well, you also have to consider who's doing it. Gawker has had an inexplicable blood vendetta against American Apparel for years.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-07-20 00:26:14.927559+00 by: m

It is well to note that bloggers are blamed as the source of such stories. A little bit of bias on the part of Holiday?

#Comment Re: made: 2012-07-20 05:16:36.281236+00 by: Dan Lyke

Perhaps, but I note that they're the link-farming type bloggers, the Jezebel and Gawker and Huffington Post sorts. I'm intrigued to read his book...

#Comment Re: made: 2012-07-23 21:26:42.660875+00 by: Dan Lyke

Irin Carmon, the Jezebel author mentioned, responds.