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This is how the rumors and lies spread

The Internet was abuzz Thursday morning with rumors that Chief Justice John Roberts would resign for personal reasons—a report that was later proven to be false. Where did it originate? Above the Law says it started in Professor Peter Tague’s criminal-law class at Georgetown University Law Center. Apparently, Tague taught a lesson today on what one student calls “the validity of informants not explaining their sources.” He started the 9 a.m. class by telling his students that, they couldn’t tell anyone, but he had heard from unnamed sources that Roberts would be stepping down. At 9:30, he told them he was joking, but by that point the rumor had already taken off online, notably on RadarOnline.com, which published its first report at 9:10 a.m. EST.

How many people never hear the retraction and continue to spread the rumors and lies?  How much does this phenomena contribute to our political disconnect?


Filed under Conspiracies, The Internet

Tuesday, 09/01/09, Public Square

TruthI watched news on PBS last evening and there was a panel discussion of what the news delivers to America about the health care debate.  It was agreed that most news outlets highlighted much more of the process — town hall meeting disruptions, arguing between members of Congress, the current sensational rumor — than information about the content of the bills being considered.  The panel was comprised of representatives of news organizations and they admitted they didn’t cover nearly enough about our current health care system — its weaknesses and what needed to be fixed — along with what each of the bills Congress is working on does to address those needs.

We want, need and deserve the truth.  Where do you listen or read to get actual, factual news?



Filed under The Public Square