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Category: Journalism
Epidemic of Lying
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jun 10, 2003
The San Francisco Chronicle argues that America is suffering from an epidemic of lying, as a consequence of which we're no longer shocked by scandals such as the Jayson Blair Affair. We just expect that everyone is lying.
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Reviewing Stephen Glass
Posted by The Curator on Sat May 31, 2003
Book critics are stressing out over how to respond to the release of Stephen Glass's first novel. Should they review it and trash it, or just ignore it? Stephen Glass, if you don't remember, got fired from the New Republic five years ago for inventing news.
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US News & World Report and the Great Moon Hoax of 1835
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 19, 2002
US News & World Report has a special double issue this week on "The Art of the Hoax". Check out the lead article, "Strange but true: This is the golden age of hoaxes." Yours truly was interviewed for it and gets mentioned twice! Very exciting. But also check out their short piece on the Great Moon Hoax of 1835. As it turns out, they fell for a tall-tale about this hoax. In the first paragraph they claim that because of this newspaper hoax:"Daily sales of the Sun skyrocketed from 4,000 to 19,000–making it the world's most popular paper and launching a new kind of journalism."Not so! For almost a century historians have been repeating this story about…
The Hitler Diaries
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 30, 2002
New evidence indicates that Gerd Heidemann, the journalist largely behind the Hitler Diaries hoax, was an East German double agent working for the Stasi. This breathes new life into the old theory that the hoax was actually a communist plot.
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USA Today Hacked
Posted by The Curator on Sun Jul 14, 2002
Hackers broke into USA Today's web site and replaced the real news with fake stories. One of the hoax stories was that the Vatican had declared the Bible to be an April Fool's joke.
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Stephen Glass
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 12, 2002
They're making a movie about the fraudulent career of Stephen Glass of the New Republic. It'll star Darth Vader as Stephen Glass.
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