Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Who Do You Trust?

You all know there is a difference between, say, CNN and Fox. They report from opposite sides of the political spectrum. You've heard it for years that you can no longer trust "mainstream media" and now that line of thought applies to "the new media" which includes much of which you encounter on line.

Case in point:

Turns out the old star isn't broke, and isn't homeless!

Recently I have noticed sites that I once trusted employing the technique of a "luring" headline to draw me to the page, only to find out (if one reads that far) that the story isn't quite true. I just happened to bump into this one this morning. Shame on HuffPo and all of the other once reputable sources! At least on twitter and 4chan, the reader understands that engagement does not guarantee truth. The discerning reader must discren! But when a site people have relied on for quality (or at least accurate) reporting starts cranking out "bait" headlines...
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