For NYPD officials, the New York Post report was a perfect example of why the NYPD needed millions of dollars to fight “frivolous” lawsuits. But there’s a problem: One of the key details of the report appears to have been made up out of whole cloth.
It’s bad enough to treat a unsubstantiated claim by a partisan news outlet, with a record of sensational misinformation on the same subject, as a relevant fact in a story. But how do you justify using this junk journalism as a chance to let a source give free rein to his fantasies of how Occupy might take a turn towards violence?
“OWS MURDER LINK.” That’s how the New York Post‘s front page (7/11/12) announced a report that DNA from a 2004 crime scene had supposedly been matched with DNA from a chain used to hold open a subway gate in an Occupy Wall Street protest. Inside, under the headline “OWS Link to ’04 Gal Slay,” the paper had 37 paragraphs on the story, along with three large photographs with a caption asserting that “DNA from a March Occupy protest (above) has been linked to the murder” of Juilliard student Sarah Fox. The New York Daily News, for its part, had “OWS […]
Last week Barack Obama declared some sort of class war on Mitt Romney–at least that’s what Fox, the New York Post and a few other outlets would have you believe. On April 18, Obama gave a speech at a community college touting, among other things, a rather common only-in-America underdog spirit: Somebody gave me an education. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Michelle wasn’t. But somebody gave us a chance–just like these folks up here are looking for a chance. The next day, as blogger Michael Thaddeus pointed out (4/21/12), Fox host Steve Doocy added a […]
Real estate developer and media mogul Mort Zuckerman has picked Colin Myler to be the new top editor for his New York tabloid, the Daily News. That’s a surprising choice on at least a couple of accounts. One is that Myler’s last job was at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, which was shut down while he was boss due to the scandal over News reporters hacking into people’s voicemail for scoops. True, the phone hacking seems to have happened before Myler got there–but he seems to have been brought in by Murdoch not so much to clean up as […]
Yesterday the New York Post–Rupert Murdoch’s down-market tabloid, for those who are blessed to live beyond its circulation area–ran this front-page editorial demanding that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg shut down the Occupy Wall Street encampment to reclaim the city’s “dignity”: Uhh…. that message would be coming from the paper that ran this dignified cover, waaay back in August: And don’t forget the Post‘s Iraq War weasels covers: And why not this, while we’re at it? And let’s not forget the paper’s stellar work during the Anthony Weiner scandal: “Weiner Exposed,” ” Hide the Weiner,” “Weiner: I’ll Stick It Out” […]
Having your ethics challenged by a Rupert Murdoch-owned media outlet is like having your honesty challenged by Bernie Madoff. Take the recent story about CNN hiring former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who resigned from the office in 2008 following revelations that he had patronized prostitutes. When rumors of the CNN hire began circulating weeks ago, Fox pundit Cal Thomas remarked on the Murdoch-owned network (Fox News Watch, 5/29/10), “Clearly, CNN is going after the adultery demographic.” When the story broke, Murdoch’s New York Post (6/24/10) scoffed at the hire with a piece quoting anonymous sources saying it signaled the […]
In looking at “all the angst over online appropriation of newspapers’ work,” Nieman Foundation blogger Zachary M. Seward (Nieman Journalism Lab, 9/4/09) thinks that “information actually flows in all directions, right?” As “blog posts inspire newspaper articles, newspapers lift from other newspapers, and radio stations do the rip-and-read,” Seward writes that “when a blogger uncovered a major zoning violation in her Brooklyn neighborhood last month, it was only natural that the New York Post would pick up the story”: But credit the blogger? That would be a violation of policy. The Post prohibits crediting blogs and other competitors for scoops, […]