How I Can Tell a ‘News Story’ Isn’t True

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Somebody told me this morning that there was a report out there that Vladimir Putin had “issued an international arrest warrant” for George Soros, the evil zillionaire who’s currently funding anti-Trump riots ( ).

As much as I wanted that story to be true–hey, if Vlad says he’s gonna get you, he’s gonna get you–I’m now pretty sure it isn’t. Here are the signs which tell me it’s a hoax.

One) None of the major news websites–Drudge, for instance–picked it up all day.

Two) Although the story was reported on a lot of sites I never heard of, closer examination showed the same story, word for word, on many different sites. That means they’re all feeding from the same dish.

Three) Then I read the story, and encounter a paragraph like this:

“The thing that should give pause to the Heads of State Western–” what? even a journalism school graduate wouldn’t write like that–“is like Putin did in freeing Russia from those who wanted to bring the total economic and social collapse and beat up in jail all those who have tried.”

Can you make sense of that jumble of words? I can’t! The whole thing is riddled with such gobbledygook.

My advice: Whenever you encounter a supposed news story that has all three of these warning labels… don’t believe it.

8 comments on “How I Can Tell a ‘News Story’ Isn’t True

  1. Exactly right. There is so much nonsense floating around, it is pretty much a waste of time to read any of the garbage. And another thing I have noticed is that the “college degree” crowd cannot spell, punctuate, form proper sentences; they have no grasp of syntax or any rules of writing most of the time. It is not worth trying to read.

  2. Same news that isn’t true is the one about President-elect Trump’s Senior Adviser, Steve Bannon, being an anti-Semite. I’m disappointed that the Trump Team replaced Bannon with Preibus as future Chief of Staff. Bannon is more qualified, in ideology and with an inside to the truth as it comes out of Israel because he knows more about Israeli affairs, has Israeli friends and contacts and, therefore, would be better able to advise President Trump on all Middle East issues. Again, MSM wins.

    1. Ha – my bad. I just went on TheNewAmerican (a very honest, investigative journalism site that I trust) and read their first article, saying that Trump made Steve Bannon a “co-equal” Chief of Staff with Priebus. It seems both media stories – about Bannon being an anti-Semite and about Trump dropping him – were news stories that weren’t true. Oy – my head is spinning…

  3. I know what you mean, Marlene. I have become rather skeptical of every
    report these days. It is not just that people make honest mistakes, the irritating thing is that they deliberately spin everything to fit an agenda.

    1. If it’s on the New York Times, or spoken by Rachel Maddow, it’s not true. And that goes for the rest of ’em. Our nooze media have virtually destroyed themselves.

    1. Ages ago, when I was a newspaper editor, a U. of Missouri J-school grad came to us highly recommended. I wound up wondering what he would have had to do to get a low recommendation–swing from the light fixtures while screaming “Hey-bob-areebob”?

      We sent him to interview and do a feature story on a kind of fellowship of persons suffering from terminal diseases. He came back empty-handed. “Well, they just didn’t have a lot to say,” he told me.

      Somehow I doubt the J-schools have gotten much better since then.

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