Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Today's Must Read: Matt Welch on New Orleans rumors being reported as fact.

Rapes in the Superdome? There's no evidence they actually happened. Murdered babies? The same. Worst of all, the shooting at rescue helicopters that caused rescue efforts to be suspended? An FAA spokewoman says, "We're controlling every single aircraft in that airspace and none of them reported being fired on."

The First Rule of News: In the absence of real information, rumor floods in to fill the vacuum. Corollary: In a world with multiple 24 hour news channels, rumors will be reported as fact.

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