Bad/False/Fake News Reporting in a Disaster

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Bad/False/Fake News Reporting in a Disaster

Post by raptor » Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:39 pm

I have said this and run into this personally on many occasions with regard to disaster reporting.
I am not saying all news is unreliable, false or fake...nor am I saying news reporting is rife with "click bait" bull shit articles. That said there sure seemed to be a lot of inaccurate and flat out wrong reporting with the last storm in NOLA.

Sure mistakes are made and in some cases there were valid assumptions that proved wrong. A worst case scenario is also good to present so people are informed.
That said national outlets were making wild and crazy statements that were easy to confirm as false.

Here are 2 articles discussing this: ... -on-barry/ ... -disaster/

I am not singling these out but rather issuing my own advice if you are affected by a disaster.

1. Do not assume the news will be useful and accurate. Develop your our means of double checking the accuracy of news reports.
2. Likewise do not let these instance fool you into assuming news reports are wrong...They could actually be valid...See Item #1.
3. Before you make your bug out/bug in decision do your own diligence....See Item #1

An unfortunate rule of thumb is that when the SHTF and things are bad...there is always someone will to make it worse to sell clicks.
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Re: Bad/False/Fake News Reporting in a Disaster

Post by 00dlez » Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:03 am

Southpark was pretty spot on for this, Can't get the link to embed nicely though

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Re: Bad/False/Fake News Reporting in a Disaster

Post by MacWa77ace » Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:16 pm


Here's every breaking news story since the invention of cable news:

"Apparently something terrible has happened, we don't have any information right now, but we will have talking heads speculating about it for the next 12 hours straight. By then we should have some actual rumors. And then we will be opinionating with, our panel of experts, on those rumors for another 12 hours. So stay tuned to Nana News Network, your source for up to date information on this disaster as it unfolds. More after this commercial break."

And every half hour or hourly, noon or evening news broadcast:

"Up next, the most interesting story every told." [OMG I have to see that!]

Commercial break


commercial break


Commercial break


Commercial break

"Well sorry folks we've run out of time, so we'll bring you the most interesting story in our 2am broadcast. Good evening"

[%$@&%$^&%*&$% :vmad: ]

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Re: Bad/False/Fake News Reporting in a Disaster

Post by flybynight » Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:20 pm

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Re: Bad/False/Fake News Reporting in a Disaster

Post by Stercutus » Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:28 am

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Re: Bad/False/Fake News Reporting in a Disaster

Post by darmstrong » Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:27 pm

Finding the right sources of information in a disaster is HUGE. Locally, I went through a minor disaster. Snow loads caused multiple buildings to collapse and there wasn't enough time to clear buildings between storms. Social media was a better source of information in regards to road closures, building collapses and other issues. A small group of very connected and technologically savvy people started collecting the data from public sources.
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