Friday, 01 Dec 2017

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A “Fake News” Story That Wasn’t

A Washington Post reporter was contacted with more damning allegations about Roy More, the Alabama politician who has been accused of inappropriate sexual relationships with teenagers (including three women who alleged he assaulted him sexually when they were 14 to 28 years old).

The Washington Post has published a detailed story, as well as video footage.

Watch the video showing the confrontation (at a restaurant in Arlington, Va., not far from my high school and the mall where I hung out as a teenager.)  What do you observe about the way the reporter reacts, even when the source is picking up her things and leaving the table?

We don’t often get to see video footage of a reporter sitting in a restaurant, doing an ordinary interview. This is a fairly extraordinary situation, because at the beginning of the interview, the reporter already had all the facts that led her to conclude the source was deliberately lying to her in order to trick her into publishing a fake news story.

A woman approached The Post with dramatic — and false — tale about Roy Moore. She appears to be part of undercover sting operation.

13 Comments

  1. This looks like a deliberate attempt to plant a “fake news” story, presumably in order to discredit the Washington Post for falling for it. Verify, verify, verify. The Post did its homework, and did not fall into the trap. Sadly, this story will be used to discredit people who come forward with legitimate sexual assault accusations.

    https://jerz.setonhill.edu/blog/2017/11/27/a-woman-approached-the-post-with-dramatic-and-false-tale-about-roy-moore-she-appears-to-be-part-of-undercover-sting-operation/

  2. courtneywilliams says:

    The Washington Post dodged a bullet by doing good research
    http://blogs.setonhill.edu/courtneywilliams/2017/12/01/a-fake-news-story-that-wasnt/

  3. jackmurphy says:

    Real News Investigative Journalism v. Fake Investigative Journalism

    http://blogs.setonhill.edu/jackmurphy/2017/12/05/a-fake-news-story-that-wasnt/

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