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)
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.
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.