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Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006

I’m a big fan of citizen reporting, and everyone makes mistakes, but a serious problem occasionally arises when partisan bloggers are blinded to an obviously fake story - just the sort of thing they love to trash the “mainstream media” for doing.

Yesterday, a Daily Kos member reported on a Republican-sponsored State of the Union Address watching party in Bloomington. The party supposedly featured a Jesse Jackson piñata and was to be held at a gay themed bar. The party was advertised on a Republican site.

The writer eventually admitted that he had been duped, but not before 200 angry Kossacks weighed in on the latest outrage.

To his credit, the Archpundit (a partisan blogger himself) figured out the hoax right away.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Hello - Tuesday, Jan 31, 06 @ 6:46 am:

    So everything I read on the internet isn’t true?!?


    People will believe whatever they want to beleive, regardless of reality. That’s what makes reading these sites so interesting. I can be a fanatical zealot without any negative ramifications to my job, personal life, etc.

    This is also the backlash of living in a society where everyone else is marching around telling you what and how to think. Backlash against the powers that be: the media, the government, corporations, etc.

    Enjoy it before they take it away from us.

  2. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Jan 31, 06 @ 9:47 am:

    The fact that leftist bloggers fell for it show more about how far removed from reality these people are.

    It reminds me of how fast the MSM passed along stories about rape, murder, robbery and chaos at the Superdome during Katrina. It exposed them as racists who will believe the most atrocious things about a gathering of 30,000 poor minorities. We all know they would never have believed these rumors if it was a gathering of 30,000 Mormons in Temple Square.

    Forgeries like these often expose more about what we believe to be true than the truth itself.

  3. - CBM - Tuesday, Jan 31, 06 @ 12:15 pm:

    This is the downside to blogging and/or the new immediacy of reporting. It is easy to make mistakes. I am sure this has happened to bloggers ad MSM folks of all political affiliations.

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