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September 9, 2013

Today in reporting on rumors that didn’t pan out. (first, second)

19:37 // 7 months ago
April 21, 2013
The hardest part of this was how far from any actual evidence there actually was, and how quickly and how painfully this traveled…We find it incredibly unfortunate that media outlets were so quick to jump without checking with authorities, but we hope they use the same energy and intensity they showed in the past 24 hours to really help us find Sunil.
We spoke with Sangeeta Tripathi, whose innocent brother Sunil was made into a Boston Marathon bombing suspect by social media and news organizations. (via motherjones)
15:45 // 12 months ago
November 27, 2012
19:59 // 1 year ago
September 4, 2012
Still, without any actual quotes from Willis or his agents, lawyers, etc, nobody would follow this up and just write a story, would they? Without any sources?
The Guardian’s Charles Arthur • Getting a little snarky about  a story which floated around the ether yesterday, in which it was claimed that Bruce Willis had planned on suing Apple for the right to leave his music in his inheritance for his children. One problem: The original cited story has little to go on, and was later confirmed by his wife Emma Heming-Willis to be false — but not until after a number of media outlets picked it up. It gets worse — Arthur infers that the writer of the original story might have read a story regarding “Estates and Wills” and mistook “Wills” for “Willis.” (Which, if the case, is downright embarrassing.) Good rumors die hard.
8:38 // 1 year ago
May 8, 2012
For sale, apparently: Two major Web entities that still drive tons of traffic, though the people most associated with their success have moved on to other ventures. Asking price? $70-$100 million. Or roughly 1/3 of a HuffPo. (Of note: The writer, Sarah Lacy, used to work for TechCrunch, so she’d likely have the inside scoop.)

For sale, apparently: Two major Web entities that still drive tons of traffic, though the people most associated with their success have moved on to other ventures. Asking price? $70-$100 million. Or roughly 1/3 of a HuffPo. (Of note: The writer, Sarah Lacy, used to work for TechCrunch, so she’d likely have the inside scoop.)

22:56 // 1 year ago
May 2, 2012
Before most people knew Obama was in Afghanistan, many rumors abounded about whether or not he actually was there. The White House’s national security team went on the offensive in an attempt to squash the stories, which started when an Afghan news source reported the president had landed in the country. (The president was actually in transit at the time, not in Afghanistan.) But that didn’t exactly calm nerves in the White House, which called up journalists asking them to take down tweets and stories in an effort to keep the president out of danger. Pretty crazy, right? On a side note, be sure to check out what the president signed yesterday.

Before most people knew Obama was in Afghanistan, many rumors abounded about whether or not he actually was there. The White House’s national security team went on the offensive in an attempt to squash the stories, which started when an Afghan news source reported the president had landed in the country. (The president was actually in transit at the time, not in Afghanistan.) But that didn’t exactly calm nerves in the White House, which called up journalists asking them to take down tweets and stories in an effort to keep the president out of danger. Pretty crazy, right? On a side note, be sure to check out what the president signed yesterday.

10:55 // 1 year ago
May 1, 2012
21:31 // 1 year ago
March 12, 2012

CNN rumored to be acquiring Mashable: Could two media organizations be more made for one another? Possibly not, says the man in the teal shirt — and the buyout could reach $200 million, which is smaller (but nearing the scale) of last year’s AOL/HuffPo merger. Brian Stelter did a piece on this story, too, which CNN is currently denying.

8:31 // 2 years ago
January 17, 2012
15:37 // 2 years ago
December 21, 2011
14:45 // 2 years ago