CNN forgets a word … In what is becoming all too commonplace across the world, an American police officer was stabbed yesterday at the Flint, Michigan, airport in what authorities are investigating as an act of terrorism. In a tweeted update to the story, CNN reported the news that the “suspect said something in Arabic before stabbing officer.” By the time of that tweet, it had already been widely reported that the words used were “Allahu Akbar,” a common phrase used by Islamic extremists when carrying out attacks. By this morning, CNN was reporting on the actual words.
Breatharianism? … Sometimes CNN picks up on some really bad reporting by others. This is such a time. Oliver Darcy reports on the staggering number of media outlets who reported on the story of a couple who claimed they survive mainly by breathing and abstain, on most days, from water and food. Darcy uncovered the genesis of the story. Pro tip: you need water to survive.
“Blame it on the rain” … MSNBC’s reporting is often as real as Milli Vanilli’s singing. Tuesday night was no exception. This time, Rachel Maddow ripped off a lyric from the lip-syncing duo. When, whatever she did, she didn’t put the blame on John Ossoff for losing a special election. No, Maddow “blame[ed] it on the [‘partisan’] rain.” No, really, she did. NewsBusters has the story.
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