How A Teenager With A Fake Escort Service Duped Darren Rovell And CNBC
The article details how a twitter request presented an opportunity to troll a 'reporter' and how the fabricated information was added to a real article, and propagated by other media outlets.
Just another cautionary tale to take ANY news report using 'SOURCES' with a pound of salt.
Amazingly Rovell's 'apology' actually puts the blame on the troll, and not on his fact-checking prowess...
The escort story made the cut because I thought it was different. As you can see in the published exchange I went back and forth with "Tim" in an attempt to ascertain whether his story was genuine. Feeling satisfied that the answers seemed real, we included it in the story.
He duped me. Shame on me. I apologize to my readers.
As a result I will do fewer stories on the real life impact of big events which I do think the public enjoys.
There will always be people out there who want their 15 minutes of fame and not really care how they get there.