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2012-10-30 08:53:34 PM
I for one welcome our troll overlords.
 
2012-10-30 08:57:00 PM
Umm.. Something to aspire to when others are actually helping people.

Nice society we got here.
 
2012-10-30 09:12:02 PM
Now that's a troll.

Some people don't like my opinion, but it's not a troll. My opinion is that most of the deaths from this storm were preventable.

And for that opinion I have been labeled a troll.
 
2012-10-30 09:12:57 PM
At least he didn't mention Howard Stern's penis bababooey bababooey bababooey.
 
2012-10-30 09:36:25 PM
There were trolling events at the local level too.

In Delaware, there were widespread reports that the Indian River Inlet bridge collapsed. Got so bad that DEMA (Delaware's little FEMA) had to put out a press release saying it was OK
 
2012-10-30 09:40:22 PM
If only there were someone or something to collect actual facts and report then in an objective fashion rather than simply repeat a rumor on Twitter. Yeah that would be a good thing.
 
2012-10-30 09:41:49 PM

Get your news reports from anonymous sources on twitter, you get the reliability of an anonymous source on twitter.

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-30 09:46:40 PM

weave: There were trolling events at the local level too.

In Delaware, there were widespread reports that the Indian River Inlet bridge collapsed. Got so bad that DEMA (Delaware's little FEMA) had to put out a press release saying it was OK


Huh, I guess it's been longer than I thought since I was there. That bridge was still under construction last time I was at Lewes.
 
2012-10-30 09:50:52 PM
The Buzzfeed article that outs the guy says he's a hedge fund analyst and Republican political consultant.
 
2012-10-30 09:55:38 PM
I have a feeling that once the waters recede, he's going to get popped in the jaw enough to rethink trolling.
 
2012-10-30 09:57:06 PM

BassChild: The Buzzfeed article that outs the guy says he's a hedge fund analyst and Republican political consultant.


Not just a consultant but the campaign manager for a GOP congressional candidate, which makes his motives very suspect in all this,
 
2012-10-30 10:04:06 PM

Magorn: BassChild: The Buzzfeed article that outs the guy says he's a hedge fund analyst and Republican political consultant.

Not just a consultant but the campaign manager for a GOP congressional candidate, which makes his motives very suspect in all this,


GODDAMMIT OBAMA
 
2012-10-30 10:08:26 PM

GAT_00: weave: There were trolling events at the local level too.

In Delaware, there were widespread reports that the Indian River Inlet bridge collapsed. Got so bad that DEMA (Delaware's little FEMA) had to put out a press release saying it was OK

Huh, I guess it's been longer than I thought since I was there. That bridge was still under construction last time I was at Lewes.


The bridge cost the state a lot of money. The first attempt to build it had to be abandoned because the new foundation supports started shifting. It was re-engineered and built again. It's only been open for about a year. Hence hearing that it collapsed went viral so fast. No one doubted that that was possible considering its history.
 
2012-10-30 10:17:28 PM

weave: GAT_00: weave: There were trolling events at the local level too.

In Delaware, there were widespread reports that the Indian River Inlet bridge collapsed. Got so bad that DEMA (Delaware's little FEMA) had to put out a press release saying it was OK

Huh, I guess it's been longer than I thought since I was there. That bridge was still under construction last time I was at Lewes.

The bridge cost the state a lot of money. The first attempt to build it had to be abandoned because the new foundation supports started shifting. It was re-engineered and built again. It's only been open for about a year. Hence hearing that it collapsed went viral so fast. No one doubted that that was possible considering its history.


Apparently US 1 was actually closed just below the bridge and around Bethany due to mass drifting, which is shocking in itself. I mean, I know the road is close to the coast, and that area probably qualifies as a barrier island, but it's Delaware for fark's sake.
 
2012-10-30 10:22:53 PM

GAT_00: Apparently US 1 was actually closed just below the bridge and around Bethany due to mass drifting


Sorry to come off like a dick and I know 99% of "normal" people don't care less, but as an OCD road geek I have to correct you. It's SR (state route) 1. US 1 goes from Maine to Florida and runs through Philadelphia and Baltimore. US 1 never enters Delaware.

That is all. Now back to our regular programming....
 
2012-10-30 10:26:20 PM

weave: GAT_00: Apparently US 1 was actually closed just below the bridge and around Bethany due to mass drifting

Sorry to come off like a dick and I know 99% of "normal" people don't care less, but as an OCD road geek I have to correct you. It's SR (state route) 1. US 1 goes from Maine to Florida and runs through Philadelphia and Baltimore. US 1 never enters Delaware.

That is all. Now back to our regular programming....


Hmm. Yep, you're right. I ought to know that better too, since it's one of only two roads in the damn state along with SR 404.
 
2012-10-30 10:26:34 PM

GAT_00: Apparently US 1 was actually closed just below the bridge and around Bethany due to mass drifting, which is shocking in itself. I mean, I know the road is close to the coast, and that area probably qualifies as a barrier island, but it's Delaware for fark's sake.


No kidding. No way would they get those fancy ricers out there with a hurricane coming. I'm calling BS even without the storm too, because the road is so straight and because of how tough the Delaware cops are on speeding. You need a spot with more curves and fewer cops for a credible mass drift story.
 
2012-10-30 11:08:06 PM

GAT_00: weave: GAT_00: Apparently US 1 was actually closed just below the bridge and around Bethany due to mass drifting

Sorry to come off like a dick and I know 99% of "normal" people don't care less, but as an OCD road geek I have to correct you. It's SR (state route) 1. US 1 goes from Maine to Florida and runs through Philadelphia and Baltimore. US 1 never enters Delaware.

That is all. Now back to our regular programming....

Hmm. Yep, you're right. I ought to know that better too, since it's one of only two roads in the damn state along with SR 404.


Actually only one, because 404 cannot be found.
 
2012-10-30 11:09:37 PM
This fellow deserves a very public beatdown.
 
2012-10-30 11:13:17 PM
A classic case of pics and it didn't happen.
 
2012-10-30 11:13:58 PM
Reading the buzzfeed link above.

So he deliberately retweets out plausible bad news involving public figures.

I would be happy to see him prosecuted and jailed. Real people needing to take real time during an emergency to deal with asshattery, thats on a par with shining a laser in the eyes of a rescue pilot.

The fact he's a hedge funder manager and republican operative just is icing on the cake.
 
2012-10-30 11:18:21 PM
 
2012-10-30 11:30:02 PM

Generation_D: And now the little f*cker that likes to screw with rescue efforts for his own sick fun has issued an apology. I wonder if he fears for his job, or for the fact he's been outed. I highly doubt it is because he truly is sorry or truly.


Oh he got canned. That makes it pretty obvious.

Also, his little line about "While some would not take responsibility for this, I totally AM taking responsibility for this" struck me as really self-congratulatory. Like he genuinely thought he was taking the high road because he apologized for being irresponsible.

Yea, somehow, apologies ring a bit hollow when the person making them is all "Look at how awesome I am for apologizing".
 
2012-10-30 11:31:38 PM
Fark handle?
 
2012-10-30 11:48:27 PM

Ennuipoet: If only there were someone or something to collect actual facts and report then in an objective fashion rather than simply repeat a rumor on Twitter. Yeah that would be a good thing.


Now thats just crazy talk and you know it.

/good night and good luck
 
2012-10-31 12:28:14 AM

DanZero: Fark handle?


Smugterbly Cum
 
2012-10-31 01:50:17 AM
i1079.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-31 02:18:57 AM

Ennuipoet: If only there were someone or something to collect actual facts and report then in an objective fashion rather than simply repeat a rumor on Twitter. Yeah that would be a good thing.


This!

/This!!

//THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIS!!!

Twitter is as reliable a source for the media as Wikipedia. Some of the stuff is accurate, but they usually fark up in sections because of opinion or trolling. If it doesn't have a blue checkmark behind it, fact check it before you retweet it!
 
2012-10-31 02:29:58 AM

Genevieve Marie: Generation_D: And now the little f*cker that likes to screw with rescue efforts for his own sick fun has issued an apology. I wonder if he fears for his job, or for the fact he's been outed. I highly doubt it is because he truly is sorry or truly.

Oh he got canned. That makes it pretty obvious.

Also, his little line about "While some would not take responsibility for this, I totally AM taking responsibility for this" struck me as really self-congratulatory. Like he genuinely thought he was taking the high road because he apologized for being irresponsible.

Yea, somehow, apologies ring a bit hollow when the person making them is all "Look at how awesome I am for apologizing".


That analogy reminds me of something Jim Rome said on his show after Cabrera got popped for 50 games for using PED's - just because he came clean and apologized doesn't mean he's sorry, he's just sorry he got caught. Why give him any credit for admitting he's a cheater? He's no better than Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, or Rafael Palmeiro. Once a cheater, always a cheater and congratulations on ensuring you'll never get into the hall of fame.

/Once a troll, always a troll
//Only sorry he got busted
///Congrats on ensuring you'll never get a job in politics ever again...ass!
 
2012-10-31 03:16:45 AM

Warthog: I'm calling BS even without the storm too, because the road is so straight and because of how tough the Delaware cops are on speeding


I've driven through Delaware three times, and every time it has been at a speed that I am certain is felonious in Delaware. Never been hassled. (Then again, everyone else was going 90 too)
 
2012-10-31 04:03:55 AM
You're all missing the really important thing in this entire story. From the photos on the page, you really, really must ask yourself, why is this guy in orange raping that old lady, and should she be allowed to get an abortion if she gets pregnant?

www.washingtonpost.com
 
2012-10-31 05:54:20 AM
Bring back the Public Stocks. The wooden ones, not the kind this douche sells.

Lock him up right next to the bull statue and drop off all the rotted food ruined when the power went out.

Hell, if you charge $1 for each rotting tomato or maggoty piece of chicken people want to throw you can raise a ton of cash for the Red Cross.
 
JJR
2012-10-31 06:35:11 AM
Well now that we know the stock exchange is still in operation, may I suggest 2 short term buys for my fellow Farkers: Lowes (LOW) and Home Depot (HD).
 
2012-10-31 06:39:26 AM
Who's a big enough of a douchebag that he gets fired from a job that only has one freaking week left to go?


BuzzFeed.com first identified Comfortablysmug as Shashank Tripathi, a campaign manager for Republican congressional candidate Christopher Wight (N.Y.). Tuesday night, Wight's campaign said Tripathi had resigned from the campaign as a result of his tweets. "He has taken full responsibility for what he tweeted," said Carlisle Williams, a spokeswoman for the campaign.


that guy!

/I guess they let him "resign"
 
2012-10-31 06:40:56 AM
We've reached the point where news organizations have been replaced by airheads reading anonymous Twitter accounts on TV.
 
2012-10-31 06:41:53 AM
FTA: The hurricane formerly known as Sandy (which the media dubbed a "superstorm" once it was downgraded) reintroduced journalists to another element: disinformation.

No, they deal in it daily. Or is it that they can dish it out but they can't take it?
 
2012-10-31 06:42:12 AM

Lipo: You're all missing the really important thing in this entire story. From the photos on the page, you really, really must ask yourself, why is this guy in orange raping that old lady, and should she be allowed to get an abortion if she gets pregnant?

[www.washingtonpost.com image 296x210]


But if it's rape then she can't get pregnant....unless God says she can.
 
2012-10-31 06:42:28 AM

BassChild: The Buzzfeed article that outs the guy says he's a hedge fund analyst and Republican political consultant.


.
.
Just goes to show how ignorant and unprofessional the liberal media really is, it's best to just ignore WAPO, NYT, CNN, NBC, CBS, etc.
 
2012-10-31 06:43:24 AM

JJR: Well now that we know the stock exchange is still in operation, may I suggest 2 short term buys for my fellow Farkers: Lowes (LOW) and Home Depot (HD).


How dare you profit from the misfortunes of others!! Greedy Bastard!
 
2012-10-31 06:43:54 AM
Ok so dude was a total Douche with troll like proclivity. But it took me about a half a second to recognize the pic from the movie. Also at what point did social media become a news source? There are far too many trolls out there who would happily pull shiat like this just for the lulz.

//Media fail does not equal prosecutable stupid.

/His being a political figure wasn't determined until after someone said "Hey I recognize this scene" so that shouldn't actually be held against him either.

///I do not approve nor condone his trolling but I am fairly sure if this was a Democrat this site would not be talking about the beatdown this guy deserves.
 
2012-10-31 06:44:48 AM

Generation_D: Reading the buzzfeed link above.

So he deliberately retweets out plausible bad news involving public figures.

I would be happy to see him prosecuted and jailed. Real people needing to take real time during an emergency to deal with asshattery, thats on a par with shining a laser in the eyes of a rescue pilot.

The fact he's a hedge funder manager and republican operative just is icing on the cake.


You're right. Posting plausible but untrue 'facts' is a jailable offense.

Continue to allow your brilliance to shine a light upon such injustices. I would look into trying These People as the war criminals they are.
 
2012-10-31 06:49:11 AM
I hope the next time the journalists involved go to complain about the death of their media that they take a second out to reflect that most of them took a completely unsubstantiated rumor and published it as fact. You don't get to act butthurt about twitter ethics.
 
2012-10-31 06:50:56 AM

PhiloeBedoe: [i1079.photobucket.com image 500x224]


best gif use ever...this film plays in my house once a week...

however...

at least this twittr troll wasn't on Fark bragging about his generator and direct TV hookup like a fat kid with an ice cream truck in Ethiopia while an entire state got the shiat kicked out of it...

broken people....whose retort is "you sound poor"...
no..i just don't derp off about what i have when others have nothing...


/rant over

//out the trollz
 
2012-10-31 06:51:55 AM
Anyone in news media, or involved in the stock market that uses Twitter as a reliable source for anything, should be fired immediately, sent back to school, and forced to work with jr. high kids who apparently have the same intelligence level.
 
2012-10-31 06:57:52 AM
ComfortablySmug sounds like a reliable source to me. No need to check his credability...
 
2012-10-31 06:58:52 AM
Happy Hours:
Now that's a troll.

Some people don't like my opinion, but it's not a troll. My opinion is that most of the deaths from this storm were preventable.

And for that opinion I have been labeled a troll.


A lot of deaths are preventable... in hindsight. So you're probably right, but you're also wrong, but not a troll.
 
2012-10-31 07:00:00 AM

Generation_D: I would be happy to see him prosecuted and jailed. Real people needing to take real time during an emergency to deal with asshattery, thats on a par with shining a laser in the eyes of a rescue pilot.


Sure, make it all about the guy on the social network filled with people who thought they could overthrow Iran by retweeting and not about the questionable ethics of people who supposedly spent at least four years in college in order to be paid to filter information for public consumption. Let's make it about one easily ignored person and not the Weeners; ISSUE CORRECTIONS LATER culture of internet news.

There's absolutely no larger criminal and potentially dangerous issue just staring us in the face right here at all so let's go after the guy with a lot of time on his hands.
 
2012-10-31 07:00:30 AM

StreetlightInTheGhetto: Who's a big enough of a douchebag that he gets fired from a job that only has one freaking week left to go?


BuzzFeed.com first identified Comfortablysmug as Shashank Tripathi, a campaign manager for Republican congressional candidate Christopher Wight (N.Y.). Tuesday night, Wight's campaign said Tripathi had resigned from the campaign as a result of his tweets. "He has taken full responsibility for what he tweeted," said Carlisle Williams, a spokeswoman for the campaign.

that guy!

/I guess they let him "resign"


So much for a Shashank Redemption.
 
2012-10-31 07:09:59 AM
Meh, we saw that pic and all knew what it was from. If you got fooled by it, you deserve to be fooled.
 
2012-10-31 07:18:53 AM
Some people are just dicks

/We should be able to beat the snot out of them when necessary too, IMHO.
 
2012-10-31 07:21:36 AM

booger42: Some people are just dicks stupid

/We should be able to beat the snot out of them when necessary too, IMHO.


FTFY
 
2012-10-31 07:27:21 AM

Magorn: Not just a consultant but the campaign manager for a GOP congressional candidate, which makes his motives very suspect in all this,


Tweeting a highly recognizable screen cap from a recent blockbuster movie really doesn't sound like it was supposed to be intention subterfuge, to be honest.
 
2012-10-31 07:31:17 AM

Lipo: You're all missing the really important thing in this entire story. From the photos on the page, you really, really must ask yourself, why is this guy in orange raping that old lady, and should she be allowed to get an abortion if she gets pregnant?

[www.washingtonpost.com image 296x210]



If it's legitimate rape, she won't get pregnant. The female body has a way of shutting that down. If she gets pregnant, she wanted it.
 
2012-10-31 07:32:51 AM
But, this picture is for real, right??

www.geekosystem.com
 
2012-10-31 07:37:19 AM
Okay, I'm not really seeing a problem with what he did, nor why he would need to resign.

He was just some guy on twitter. If a news agency gets it's info from a twitter site without fact-checking, then they deserve to look like morons. People post crazy shiat on the internet all the damn time. Say, for example, like this:

Breaking News:
President Obama's testicles explode all over the oval office!

Now if CNN picks this up and runs it, this is my fault? I am not in a position as a reliable news source. I could see if it was Anderson Cooper doing it to be funny, but it wasn't. Hell, just look at the Fark headlines for crazy made up stories about actual events.
 
2012-10-31 07:38:22 AM

Generation_D: This fellow deserves a very public beatdown.


Mr. Coffee Nerves: Bring back the Public Stocks. The wooden ones, not the kind this douche sells.
Lock him up right next to the bull statue and drop off all the rotted food ruined when the power went out.



And where do we draw the line on the 1st amendment? Honest question, not trolling in any way.

As long as the overwhelming opinion among liberals here is that people should be fired from their jobs and prosecuted, or even beat up, for posting non-illegal content in their own personal time away from the job - so be it. But, just remember, be consistent in your slippery downhill opinion in the future. You may not like the consequences. 

/really liberal
 
2012-10-31 07:38:49 AM
The thing about disinformation is that with only a scintilla of research, you can usually get the accurate information with just as much speed. On any major forum (fark, reddit, etc.) just as soon as one posts the fallacy, another will provide a link to a credible source in rebuttal. Major news sources have no legitimate excuse for falling prey to the vast dissemination of disinformation. It is their responsibility to vet any and all source of information. Nice try Post.

$0.02
 
2012-10-31 07:44:01 AM
Erin Burnett: "Incredible."
Erin Burnett will not be fooled.
 
2012-10-31 07:48:36 AM

MythDragon: Breaking News:
President Obama's testicles explode all over the oval office!


That was Clinton. But yeah, we agree on this point.
 
2012-10-31 07:49:08 AM

Dear Jerk: Erin Burnett: "Incredible."
Erin Burnett will not be fooled.


She has zero ratings.
 
2012-10-31 08:01:11 AM
In other news, there are people out there who take Twitter seriously.
 
2012-10-31 08:18:58 AM

Monkey MKIII: In other news, there are people out there who take Twitter seriously.


And they are voting, driving, and possibly procreating. Hopefully not all at the same time, however.
 
2012-10-31 08:40:41 AM
good... it's the dumbfarks at CNN and the media in general that should be the ones embarrassed.
 
2012-10-31 08:41:29 AM
Shame on him. Shame on "journalists" for relying on twitter as a source.
 
2012-10-31 09:00:29 AM
Now that's dedication, giving up your reputation and career for a 10/10 trolling success.
 
2012-10-31 09:01:33 AM

trey101: good... it's the dumbfarks at CNN and the media in general that should be the ones embarrassed.


oryx: Shame on him. Shame on "journalists" for relying on twitter as a source.


There we go. Takes until the second page to get past the Fark Outrage to some sanity.

Isn't Fark supposed to be all about the dumbness of the mainstream media?
 
2012-10-31 09:04:36 AM

yousaywut: Ok so dude was a total Douche with troll like proclivity. But it took me about a half a second to recognize the pic from the movie. Also at what point did social media become a news source? There are far too many trolls out there who would happily pull shiat like this just for the lulz.

//Media fail does not equal prosecutable stupid.

/His being a political figure wasn't determined until after someone said "Hey I recognize this scene" so that shouldn't actually be held against him either.

///I do not approve nor condone his trolling but I am fairly sure if this was a Democrat this site would not be talking about the beatdown this guy deserves.


^^^^ This .. YOU, the MEDIA, are responsible for verifying and checking your own facts. If I tweet, OMG I HAVE SMALL POX, you shouldn't report that seadoo2006 has smallpox before, maybe, doing just a modicum of research ... Jesus H. Tapdancing Christ on a Cracker ...
 
2012-10-31 09:06:05 AM

RobSeace: But, this picture is for real, right??

[www.geekosystem.com image 550x367]


Seems legit
 
2012-10-31 09:08:14 AM
I don't think what he did was wrong at all. He was posting stuff that was funny, and obviously fake. Why should he be punished that some journalist, desperate for that big reveal, took his joke and ran with it as serious? We aren't trying to lock up the Onion, or Mad Magazine.

Lets face it, anyone that uses Twitter as a sole source is being lazy and negligent. If anyone deserves punishment it is those in the traditional media that ran the story.
 
2012-10-31 09:09:31 AM

RobSeace: But, this picture is for real, right??

[www.geekosystem.com image 550x367]


Yes, with a storm that is farking 1000 miles wide, you can see the actual curvature of it approaching NYC.

img851.imageshack.us

Again, people are dumbfarks, why should we be pissed when dumbfarks start spreading disinformation ... sorta like this picture too ...

t3.gstatic.com

There's so much dumbfarkery in this picture is borders on mental retardation ...
 
2012-10-31 09:15:33 AM

Generation_D: This fellow deserves a very public beatdown.


...or, people who believe everything that they read from random sources deserve the freak outs that they get.
 
2012-10-31 09:18:24 AM

BassChild: The Buzzfeed article that outs the guy says he's a hedge fund analyst and Republican political consultant.


Is he the same guy that has the ongoing child molestation charges from back when he worked for Chris Wight's office?
 
2012-10-31 09:19:57 AM

jaybeezey: Generation_D: This fellow deserves a very public beatdown.

...or, people who believe everything that they read from random sources deserve the freak outs that they get.


I mean, should we throw Jim Cantore in the stocks and pillaries for saying Battery Park City was going to be under 7+ feet of water when it just patently wasn't?
 
2012-10-31 09:28:01 AM

Girion47: I don't think what he did was wrong at all. He was posting stuff that was funny, and obviously fake. Why should he be punished that some journalist, desperate for that big reveal, took his joke and ran with it as serious? We aren't trying to lock up the Onion, or Mad Magazine.

Lets face it, anyone that uses Twitter as a sole source is being lazy and negligent. If anyone deserves punishment it is those in the traditional media that ran the story.


This.

However....as a hedge fund manager, I would question his motives in this particular rumor. Everybody knew that the NYSE was going to be closed for at least one day, possibly two. World markets on the other hand remained open. What is the impact on American companies in the world market? Hell what is the impact on the competitors of American companies?
 
2012-10-31 09:29:03 AM
cs9497.userapi.comi758.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-31 09:29:52 AM

BizarreMan: Girion47: I don't think what he did was wrong at all. He was posting stuff that was funny, and obviously fake. Why should he be punished that some journalist, desperate for that big reveal, took his joke and ran with it as serious? We aren't trying to lock up the Onion, or Mad Magazine.

Lets face it, anyone that uses Twitter as a sole source is being lazy and negligent. If anyone deserves punishment it is those in the traditional media that ran the story.

This.

However....as a hedge fund manager, I would question his motives in this particular rumor. Everybody knew that the NYSE was going to be closed for at least one day, possibly two. World markets on the other hand remained open. What is the impact on American companies in the world market? Hell what is the impact on the competitors of American companies?


Only one question about that (without knowing the impacts) How the heck could he have known (or even expected) that the news agencies would completely fail to do their job?
 
2012-10-31 09:34:17 AM

yousaywut: BizarreMan: Girion47: I don't think what he did was wrong at all. He was posting stuff that was funny, and obviously fake. Why should he be punished that some journalist, desperate for that big reveal, took his joke and ran with it as serious? We aren't trying to lock up the Onion, or Mad Magazine.

Lets face it, anyone that uses Twitter as a sole source is being lazy and negligent. If anyone deserves punishment it is those in the traditional media that ran the story.

This.

However....as a hedge fund manager, I would question his motives in this particular rumor. Everybody knew that the NYSE was going to be closed for at least one day, possibly two. World markets on the other hand remained open. What is the impact on American companies in the world market? Hell what is the impact on the competitors of American companies?

Only one question about that (without knowing the impacts) How the heck could he have known (or even expected) that the news agencies would completely fail to do their job?


Have you -watched- the news lately? I'd be more shocked if they hadn't fallen for it.
 
2012-10-31 09:37:07 AM

GloomCookie613: yousaywut: BizarreMan: Girion47:
Have you -watched- the news lately? I'd be more shocked if they hadn't fallen for it.


No I haven't had the opportunity been at work. Why would you be shocked if they hadn't?

/Serious question.
 
2012-10-31 09:48:24 AM

seadoo2006: Yes, with a storm that is farking 1000 miles wide, you can see the actual curvature of it approaching NYC.


Um, yes, that is the most unbelievable part of that picture... Not the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, nor Godzilla, nor monkey-face Jesus replacing the Statue of Liberty... But, definitely the curvature... That's what totally gives it away!
 
2012-10-31 09:52:03 AM

cherryl taggart: Monkey MKIII: In other news, there are people out there who take Twitter seriously.

And they are voting, driving, and possibly procreating. Hopefully not all at the same time, however.


You may be surprised... disappointed... disillusioned...
 
2012-10-31 09:54:53 AM

eas81: [cs9497.userapi.com image 589x375][i758.photobucket.com image 558x374]


The photo of that guy fishing has been modified. You are hereby fired from your job, and will be strung up and publicly beaten by order of nutjob farkers.
 
2012-10-31 09:59:25 AM

RobSeace: seadoo2006: Yes, with a storm that is farking 1000 miles wide, you can see the actual curvature of it approaching NYC.

Um, yes, that is the most unbelievable part of that picture... Not the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, nor Godzilla, nor monkey-face Jesus replacing the Statue of Liberty... But, definitely the curvature... That's what totally gives it away!


:-D ... just going for the obvious, I mean, come on. LAUGHTER OL.
 
2012-10-31 10:00:30 AM
Trolling responsibly since 1976.

Thanks, Mike.

ILU.
 
2012-10-31 10:08:13 AM

yousaywut: GloomCookie613: yousaywut: BizarreMan: Girion47:
Have you -watched- the news lately? I'd be more shocked if they hadn't fallen for it.

No I haven't had the opportunity been at work. Why would you be shocked if they hadn't?

/Serious question.


Take 5 minutes simetime. Words can't express the fail of our "journalists" today. It's honestly a joke to watch.

"Thousands are feared dead....

Now to our top story of the night: Kim Kardashian farted sideways today. Twitter exploded when TMZ broke the story earlier today..."
 
2012-10-31 10:15:49 AM

InitialCommentGuy: Generation_D: Reading the buzzfeed link above.

So he deliberately retweets out plausible bad news involving public figures.

I would be happy to see him prosecuted and jailed. Real people needing to take real time during an emergency to deal with asshattery, thats on a par with shining a laser in the eyes of a rescue pilot.

The fact he's a hedge funder manager and republican operative just is icing on the cake.

You're right. Posting plausible but untrue 'facts' is a jailable offense.

Continue to allow your brilliance to shine a light upon such injustices. I would look into trying These People as the war criminals they are.


IF you get trolling up to the level of news site, I'm fine with it.

If all you do is sit around posting random rumor as fact in a public forum, we need stuff sorted out. Is twitter a movie theater and is yelling fire in it protected speech?

Precedent should be set.

I went with what I believe. You believe differently.

As long as first responders are using twitter, or are forced to respond to it, I'd say it needs some kind of protection status.

Its like calling up radio station hoaxes during an emergency. People can and have been prosecuted for it, particularly if what they said led to someone losing life or property.

Stocktrader boy here, lets say while a FDNY is investigating Wall Street flooding, ignored something else, which led to someone dying or being not rescued. You get it yet?

The Onion's stuff only trolls China and Iran news agencies. And your mom's facebook feed.
 
2012-10-31 10:16:22 AM
All I got to say is "It worked"

Plus 1 Internets for the guy. When did "tweets" start carrying such gravitas? fark that.
 
2012-10-31 10:19:14 AM
Media, run with this!

i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-31 10:20:53 AM

Girion47: I don't think what he did was wrong at all. He was posting stuff that was funny, and obviously fake. Why should he be punished that some journalist, desperate for that big reveal, took his joke and ran with it as serious? We aren't trying to lock up the Onion, or Mad Magazine.

Lets face it, anyone that uses Twitter as a sole source is being lazy and negligent. If anyone deserves punishment it is those in the traditional media that ran the story.


Except that in a flooded city with already stretched emergency resources, who are needing to take out time from their work to respond to rumor..

Lets put it this way, it reveals a whole lot about who you are if your idea of fun is trolling the fire dept and hospitals with fake stories in the middle of a storm/fire/widespread power outage.

for the lulz, sure... but thats defendable as a 14 year old kid.

Not as a 29 year old stock trader / political adviser.

Its got its damn funny side he was fired on the spot for it.

And as for "jailed," do you think if he caused anyone to have FDNY be late someplace else while they checked out his bogus rumor .. that he owes anybody for it?

CNN I give a crap, who's watching that anyway.
 
2012-10-31 10:21:06 AM

Generation_D: InitialCommentGuy: Generation_D: Reading the buzzfeed link above.

So he deliberately retweets out plausible bad news involving public figures.

I would be happy to see him prosecuted and jailed. Real people needing to take real time during an emergency to deal with asshattery, thats on a par with shining a laser in the eyes of a rescue pilot.

The fact he's a hedge funder manager and republican operative just is icing on the cake.

You're right. Posting plausible but untrue 'facts' is a jailable offense.

Continue to allow your brilliance to shine a light upon such injustices. I would look into trying These People as the war criminals they are.

IF you get trolling up to the level of news site, I'm fine with it.

If all you do is sit around posting random rumor as fact in a public forum, we need stuff sorted out. Is twitter a movie theater and is yelling fire in it protected speech?

Precedent should be set.

I went with what I believe. You believe differently.

As long as first responders are using twitter, or are forced to respond to it, I'd say it needs some kind of protection status.

Its like calling up radio station hoaxes during an emergency. People can and have been prosecuted for it, particularly if what they said led to someone losing life or property.

Stocktrader boy here, lets say while a FDNY is investigating Wall Street flooding, ignored something else, which led to someone dying or being not rescued. You get it yet?

The Onion's stuff only trolls China and Iran news agencies. And your mom's facebook feed.


So, you agree that all the herp derp Obama's a sekrit muslim should be treated as slander, correct? Every reposter of every John Galt-ish piece of political propaganda is now fair game for panic. I'm sure there are a lot of octogenarians that would fall over dead at some of the "reporting" done by Faux News. Let's hold them accountable! Rabble Rabble slippery slope, you're a god damned moran!
 
2012-10-31 10:21:23 AM

GloomCookie613: Only one question about that (without knowing the impacts) How the heck could he have known (or even expected) that the news agencies would completely fail to do their job?

Have you -watched- the news lately? I'd be more shocked if they hadn't fallen for it.


As well, this was an emergency situation w/ limited and restricted access to information where real-time information was crucial. The "news" group was definitely reporting w/ their information-seekers turned up to eleven trying to get info out there.

Not denying that CNN has some definite issues here, but if there ever was a possibility of something like this slipping through the cracks then during a real-life emergency/crisis where lives are in danger it seems likely that information might get shared then vetted as they go in some cases.

None of that makes this guy any less of a tool and regardless of political affiliation he's definitely got a big question mark on him as a hedge fund guy.
 
2012-10-31 10:23:41 AM

seadoo2006: Generation_D: InitialCommentGuy: Generation_D: Reading the buzzfeed link above.

So he deliberately retweets out plausible bad news involving public figures.

I would be happy to see him prosecuted and jailed. Real people needing to take real time during an emergency to deal with asshattery, thats on a par with shining a laser in the eyes of a rescue pilot.

The fact he's a hedge funder manager and republican operative just is icing on the cake.

You're right. Posting plausible but untrue 'facts' is a jailable offense.

Continue to allow your brilliance to shine a light upon such injustices. I would look into trying These People as the war criminals they are.

IF you get trolling up to the level of news site, I'm fine with it.

If all you do is sit around posting random rumor as fact in a public forum, we need stuff sorted out. Is twitter a movie theater and is yelling fire in it protected speech?

Precedent should be set.

I went with what I believe. You believe differently.

As long as first responders are using twitter, or are forced to respond to it, I'd say it needs some kind of protection status.

Its like calling up radio station hoaxes during an emergency. People can and have been prosecuted for it, particularly if what they said led to someone losing life or property.

Stocktrader boy here, lets say while a FDNY is investigating Wall Street flooding, ignored something else, which led to someone dying or being not rescued. You get it yet?

The Onion's stuff only trolls China and Iran news agencies. And your mom's facebook feed.

So, you agree that all the herp derp Obama's a sekrit muslim should be treated as slander, correct? Every reposter of every John Galt-ish piece of political propaganda is now fair game for panic. I'm sure there are a lot of octogenarians that would fall over dead at some of the "reporting" done by Faux News. Let's hold them accountable! Rabble Rabble slippery slope, you're a god damned moran!


At the heart of the matter is "protected political satire or protected speech" and First Amendment rights. Strong precedent, play on, continue.

If you can justify what this little f*cker did as first amendment protected political speech, you have a case.

If not, then he yelled fire in a crowded movie theater, which is also a precedent for NOT First Amendment protected speech.

And he gets his beatdown.

As I see it, this is the issue, was what he did First-Amendment protected political satire or political speech?
 
2012-10-31 10:23:55 AM
Now lookey here...I see OJ and he lookin scared....
 
2012-10-31 10:24:28 AM
My only concern is the person knowingly was trying to get a rise out of people, possibly spread confusion and some panic.

Rumors like that could cause panic at other stock exchanges in the world, so one could argue that they were inciting panic.

/i know, slippery slope
 
2012-10-31 10:28:16 AM

Generation_D: seadoo2006: Generation_D: InitialCommentGuy: Generation_D: Reading the buzzfeed link above.

So he deliberately retweets out plausible bad news involving public figures.

I would be happy to see him prosecuted and jailed. Real people needing to take real time during an emergency to deal with asshattery, thats on a par with shining a laser in the eyes of a rescue pilot.

The fact he's a hedge funder manager and republican operative just is icing on the cake.

You're right. Posting plausible but untrue 'facts' is a jailable offense.

Continue to allow your brilliance to shine a light upon such injustices. I would look into trying These People as the war criminals they are.

IF you get trolling up to the level of news site, I'm fine with it.

If all you do is sit around posting random rumor as fact in a public forum, we need stuff sorted out. Is twitter a movie theater and is yelling fire in it protected speech?

Precedent should be set.

I went with what I believe. You believe differently.

As long as first responders are using twitter, or are forced to respond to it, I'd say it needs some kind of protection status.

Its like calling up radio station hoaxes during an emergency. People can and have been prosecuted for it, particularly if what they said led to someone losing life or property.

Stocktrader boy here, lets say while a FDNY is investigating Wall Street flooding, ignored something else, which led to someone dying or being not rescued. You get it yet?

The Onion's stuff only trolls China and Iran news agencies. And your mom's facebook feed.

So, you agree that all the herp derp Obama's a sekrit muslim should be treated as slander, correct? Every reposter of every John Galt-ish piece of political propaganda is now fair game for panic. I'm sure there are a lot of octogenarians that would fall over dead at some of the "reporting" done by Faux News. Let's hold them accountable! Rabble Rabble slippery slope, you're a god damned moran!

At the heart of th ...


Twitter isn't a crowded theater. He posted something on his own twitter. That people chose to repeat it is not his responsibility. It's theirs'.
 
2012-10-31 10:31:27 AM

Girion47: Generation_D: seadoo2006: Generation_D: InitialCommentGuy: Generation_D: Reading the buzzfeed link above.

So he deliberately retweets out plausible bad news involving public figures.

I would be happy to see him prosecuted and jailed. Real people needing to take real time during an emergency to deal with asshattery, thats on a par with shining a laser in the eyes of a rescue pilot.

The fact he's a hedge funder manager and republican operative just is icing on the cake.

You're right. Posting plausible but untrue 'facts' is a jailable offense.

Continue to allow your brilliance to shine a light upon such injustices. I would look into trying These People as the war criminals they are.

IF you get trolling up to the level of news site, I'm fine with it.

If all you do is sit around posting random rumor as fact in a public forum, we need stuff sorted out. Is twitter a movie theater and is yelling fire in it protected speech?

Precedent should be set.

I went with what I believe. You believe differently.

As long as first responders are using twitter, or are forced to respond to it, I'd say it needs some kind of protection status.

Its like calling up radio station hoaxes during an emergency. People can and have been prosecuted for it, particularly if what they said led to someone losing life or property.

Stocktrader boy here, lets say while a FDNY is investigating Wall Street flooding, ignored something else, which led to someone dying or being not rescued. You get it yet?

The Onion's stuff only trolls China and Iran news agencies. And your mom's facebook feed.

So, you agree that all the herp derp Obama's a sekrit muslim should be treated as slander, correct? Every reposter of every John Galt-ish piece of political propaganda is now fair game for panic. I'm sure there are a lot of octogenarians that would fall over dead at some of the "reporting" done by Faux News. Let's hold them accountable! Rabble Rabble slippery slope, you're a god damned moran!

At t ...


Very good point.

Would a reasonable person believe any tweet, perhaps not

Then he wins, twitter is just one big trollathon.

But then why are First Responders using it?

Sooner or later this needs to get sorted, either First Responders need to quit using Twitter at all, or we have to have some precedent set.

I am still on board with "yelling fire in a crowded movie theater." The theater in this case is VERY crowded, but it is not "protected political satire" in my book.

Perhaps @ComfortablySmug can be the test case.
 
2012-10-31 10:33:12 AM

Girion47: Twitter isn't a crowded theater. He posted something on his own twitter. That people chose to repeat it is not his responsibility. It's theirs'.


Soooo...only the listeners have personal responsibility? ...(backs away from argument slowly)... :D
 
2012-10-31 10:38:40 AM

IQof20: Girion47: Twitter isn't a crowded theater. He posted something on his own twitter. That people chose to repeat it is not his responsibility. It's theirs'.

Soooo...only the listeners have personal responsibility? ...(backs away from argument slowly)... :D


Thats what needs to be sorted. Is using Twitter, in an emergency, with first responders likely to react to what you tweet ... in need of some kind of status, or some kind of acknowledgement... Would what you put up there reasonably be considered to be true.

Or, is it just one big CF and ignore everything.

If its ignore everything then we need to get our first responders the hell off there, because they should be responding to real 911 calls not asswit trolls who hate the government but are good at faking emergency reporting.
 
2012-10-31 10:45:31 AM
Trolls need to dress up as slutty vampires who are seriously hot and NSFW.

gets M every time ;)
 
2012-10-31 10:46:39 AM

Generation_D: Thats what needs to be sorted. Is using Twitter, in an emergency, with first responders likely to react to what you tweet ... in need of some kind of status, or some kind of acknowledgement... Would what you put up there reasonably be considered to be true.


Quite so. W/o real direct precedent it makes an interesting case for some lawyer with their "trademark look" to make a fortune off of marketing. I keeed...I keeed.

But really, it does underline a question worthy of consideration IMHO within the courts that helps people understand this "new" medium a bit better. The results from the "outing" of the moderator at Redit is in a similar vein of "free speech" and "legal" vs. appropriate and potentially actionable.

Something does tell me though that this gentleman's beat down will not come at the hands of the public, but at those connected w/ the NYSE and any future he hoped to have interacting with them.
 
2012-10-31 10:57:20 AM
I am 100% OK with trolling the media. It's their farking job to check facts, but instead they all want to get the first "scoop" and rush blindly into reporting not just distortions, but outright lies. So fark them, their credibility, and their integrity. They sold out to the dollar years ago, and this is the result.

Bear in mind that if they can get something so easily checked completely wrong, what's their score on the stuff that's more subtle?
 
2012-10-31 11:19:07 AM

JerkStore: I am 100% OK with trolling the media. It's their farking job to check facts, but instead they all want to get the first "scoop" and rush blindly into reporting not just distortions, but outright lies. So fark them, their credibility, and their integrity. They sold out to the dollar years ago, and this is the result.

Bear in mind that if they can get something so easily checked completely wrong, what's their score on the stuff that's more subtle?


This, if you're the type of person to believe crap like this in the first place, well, you deserve whatever hell may be coming your way because of it. FACT CHECK PEOPLE ... if they can have Jim Cantore sitting in Battery Park or standing on the Jersey Shore at ground zero of landfall, why the HELL can't NBC send one of their people to go check if the NYSE is underwater. If first responders were involved, well, they can go fark themselves if someone says the Empire State Building just fell and they go all herpity derpity because they believe some anonymous Twatter account ...

Because I have news for you, if you believed any of the following were legit, please remove yourself from the gene pool with the nearest method of death you can find ... a shotgun blast to the jaw should just about do it ...

9.mshcdn.com

9.mshcdn.com

7.mshcdn.com

8.mshcdn.com

8.mshcdn.com

4.mshcdn.com

zOMG ... the horror ... OMG PANIC because SHARKS!!!! OH NOEZ!

badassbookreviews.com
 
2012-10-31 11:20:57 AM

Generation_D: And now the little f*cker that likes to screw with rescue efforts for his own sick fun has issued an apology. I wonder if he fears for his job, or for the fact he's been outed. I highly doubt it is because he truly is sorry or truly.


Why the fark did he need to apologize? He just outed several news sources that can't differentiate between a real event and a farking Twitter account. They got the humiliation they deserved.

/This isn't really the sort of trolling I have a problem with; if you're paying attention it's very obvious that there's bullshiat out there, and we live in a free world. You need to use your head.
//If you're a farking journalist, and you get caught by this, I have no sympathy.
 
2012-10-31 11:21:02 AM

Generation_D: Girion47: Generation_D: seadoo2006: Generation_D: InitialCommentGuy: Generation_D: Reading the buzzfeed link above.

So he deliberately retweets out plausible bad news involving public figures.

I would be happy to see him prosecuted and jailed. Real people needing to take real time during an emergency to deal with asshattery, thats on a par with shining a laser in the eyes of a rescue pilot.

The fact he's a hedge funder manager and republican operative just is icing on the cake.

You're right. Posting plausible but untrue 'facts' is a jailable offense.

Continue to allow your brilliance to shine a light upon such injustices. I would look into trying These People as the war criminals they are.

IF you get trolling up to the level of news site, I'm fine with it.

If all you do is sit around posting random rumor as fact in a public forum, we need stuff sorted out. Is twitter a movie theater and is yelling fire in it protected speech?

Precedent should be set.

I went with what I believe. You believe differently.

As long as first responders are using twitter, or are forced to respond to it, I'd say it needs some kind of protection status.

Its like calling up radio station hoaxes during an emergency. People can and have been prosecuted for it, particularly if what they said led to someone losing life or property.

Stocktrader boy here, lets say while a FDNY is investigating Wall Street flooding, ignored something else, which led to someone dying or being not rescued. You get it yet?

The Onion's stuff only trolls China and Iran news agencies. And your mom's facebook feed.

So, you agree that all the herp derp Obama's a sekrit muslim should be treated as slander, correct? Every reposter of every John Galt-ish piece of political propaganda is now fair game for panic. I'm sure there are a lot of octogenarians that would fall over dead at some of the "reporting" done by Faux News. Let's hold them accountable! Rabble Rabble slippery slope, you're a god damned mo ...


The analogy of crowded theater fails. The reason you can't yell fire is people will die in the resulting trample. Plus you're broadcasting that information. Posting it online when exposure isn't guaranteed isn't the same as broadcasting.

Furthermore, emergency services using Twitter is ridiculous. They have lines set up to handle emergency claims and complaints, if he called 911 to report this, I'd agree that he needs to face legal action, but posting it online isn't the same thing.
 
2012-10-31 11:21:35 AM

JerkStore: I am 100% OK with trolling the media. It's their farking job to check facts, but instead they all want to get the first "scoop" and rush blindly into reporting not just distortions, but outright lies. So fark them, their credibility, and their integrity. They sold out to the dollar years ago, and this is the result.

Bear in mind that if they can get something so easily checked completely wrong, what's their score on the stuff that's more subtle?


Oh sure, I have zero issue with trolling the media.

The issue is when police, fire, emergency are all actively using twitter and soliciting the public to use twitter to report emergency.

At that point it stops being fun social media and starts being a "fire in a movie theater" or "fake calls to 911" type of situation.

Situations in flux, and I do see some good arguments on all sides. In no way am I trying to suggest The Onion -- first amendment protected speech, hosted on its own parody site -- is involved in this.

But the cops and fire dept are taking emergency info by twitter. It changes its meaning a bit.

Any asshat can call in a fake 911.

Thats pretty much what he did, in the context he did it in.
 
2012-10-31 11:24:26 AM

Generation_D: JerkStore: I am 100% OK with trolling the media. It's their farking job to check facts, but instead they all want to get the first "scoop" and rush blindly into reporting not just distortions, but outright lies. So fark them, their credibility, and their integrity. They sold out to the dollar years ago, and this is the result.

Bear in mind that if they can get something so easily checked completely wrong, what's their score on the stuff that's more subtle?

Oh sure, I have zero issue with trolling the media.

The issue is when police, fire, emergency are all actively using twitter and soliciting the public to use twitter to report emergency.

At that point it stops being fun social media and starts being a "fire in a movie theater" or "fake calls to 911" type of situation.

Situations in flux, and I do see some good arguments on all sides. In no way am I trying to suggest The Onion -- first amendment protected speech, hosted on its own parody site -- is involved in this.

But the cops and fire dept are taking emergency info by twitter. It changes its meaning a bit.

Any asshat can call in a fake 911.

Thats pretty much what he did, in the context he did it in.


So because a government agency decides it wants to use the Fark forum any and all of our posts from there on out have to be factual?

You're joking right?
 
2012-10-31 11:27:11 AM
FTFA "A New York City councilmember, Peter Vallone, has asked the city's attorney to consider criminal charges against Tripathi."

Translation
"We are a bunch of morons who believe whatever we see on twitter. Let's make this guy look like a bigger moron to save face."
 
2012-10-31 11:29:16 AM

Generation_D: At the heart of the matter is "protected political satire or protected speech" and First Amendment rights. Strong precedent, play on, continue.

If you can justify what this little f*cker did as first amendment protected political speech, you have a case.

If not, then he yelled fire in a crowded movie theater, which is also a precedent for NOT First Amendment protected speech.

And he gets his beatdown.

As I see it, this is the issue, was what he did First-Amendment protected political satire or political speech?


You can demonstrate that the 1st Amendment only protects political speech and satire. You're better than me, although I may be reading it wrong. Let's see:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Where am I missing it? Or perhaps you're a reactionary twat wanting to punish a douche that made someone else look bad because they were stupid?
 
2012-10-31 11:38:13 AM

i upped my meds-up yours: GAT_00: weave: GAT_00: Apparently US 1 was actually closed just below the bridge and around Bethany due to mass drifting

Sorry to come off like a dick and I know 99% of "normal" people don't care less, but as an OCD road geek I have to correct you. It's SR (state route) 1. US 1 goes from Maine to Florida and runs through Philadelphia and Baltimore. US 1 never enters Delaware.

That is all. Now back to our regular programming....

Hmm. Yep, you're right. I ought to know that better too, since it's one of only two roads in the damn state along with SR 404.

Actually only one, because 404 cannot be found.


4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-31 11:48:51 AM

Generation_D: But the cops and fire dept are taking emergency info by twitter. It changes its meaning a bit.

Any asshat can call in a fake 911.

Thats pretty much what he did, in the context he did it in.




Not necessarily.

If he tweeted" @FDNY the NYSE floor is flooding" then that might be something to consider. If he tweeted that the NYSE floor is flooding and people are trapped needing rescue, then it would be a problem.

I would find it incredible if first responders went out to every report of flooding and damage. They're too busy trying to get to fires that are raging out of control or people who are trapped and in danger.

In a situation like Sandy, when it's gee, NYSE is flooding, the first thought is, add another place to check on when the winds die down because the whole damn town is flooding.
 
2012-10-31 11:51:35 AM
Yet more proof that Fox News, Breitbart, and Drudge Report of the only remaining reliable sources of news. No, I am not trolling, you're just ignorant.
 
2012-10-31 11:52:24 AM

opiumpoopy: trey101: good... it's the dumbfarks at CNN and the media in general that should be the ones embarrassed.

oryx: Shame on him. Shame on "journalists" for relying on twitter as a source.

There we go. Takes until the second page to get past the Fark Outrage to some sanity.

Isn't Fark supposed to be all about the dumbness of the mainstream media?


It took so long because we found out he is a Republican. Politics takes precedence.

I am farking outraged. I agree with the other mentally challenged posters that we should repeal the 1st Amendment so we can punish people like this guy.
 
2012-10-31 11:57:55 AM

umad: opiumpoopy: trey101: good... it's the dumbfarks at CNN and the media in general that should be the ones embarrassed.

oryx: Shame on him. Shame on "journalists" for relying on twitter as a source.

There we go. Takes until the second page to get past the Fark Outrage to some sanity.

Isn't Fark supposed to be all about the dumbness of the mainstream media?

It took so long because we found out he is a Republican. Politics takes precedence.

I am farking outraged. I agree with the other mentally challenged posters that we should repeal the 1st Amendment so we can punish people like this guy.


I would say that hurt my brain but I was reading pretty much the same thing when I posted earlier.

///so THIS^
 
2012-10-31 12:19:41 PM
There's never any blowback on the news channels for being wrong with this sort of thing
So why *should* they sit on rumors or waste time fact-checking?

You could probably make mad bank with a TV-news-network equivalent of the Weekly World News.
All sensationalist bullshiat, all the time. Without even a shred of effort to stay relevant, objective or remotely close to reality.

/ feel free to make your own joke about how we're already there
// but I'm literally talking about "batboy", "bigfoot sighting", "jesus to return next week" -level nonsense
/// people will watch it; just stock your anchor lineup with attractive blondes.
 
2012-10-31 12:31:02 PM

ringersol: There's never any blowback on the news channels for being wrong with this sort of thing
So why *should* they sit on rumors or waste time fact-checking?

You could probably make mad bank with a TV-news-network equivalent of the Weekly World News.
All sensationalist bullshiat, all the time. Without even a shred of effort to stay relevant, objective or remotely close to reality.

/ feel free to make your own joke about how we're already there
// but I'm literally talking about "batboy", "bigfoot sighting", "jesus to return next week" -level nonsense
/// people will watch it; just stock your anchor lineup with attractive blondes.


So Fox News?
 
2012-10-31 12:44:25 PM
What he did was stupid, but not illegal.

Anyone who had read any of his prior tweets would understand his account is a snarky, mostly not meant to be taken as fact one.
 
2012-10-31 01:06:57 PM

basemetal: Get your news reports from anonymous sources on twitter, you get the reliability of an anonymous source on twitter.


Yeah, but you get it sooner, so you can impress your friends by retweeting it!
 
2012-10-31 01:22:54 PM

ringersol: There's never any blowback on the news channels for being wrong with this sort of thing
So why *should* they sit on rumors or waste time fact-checking?

You could probably make mad bank with a TV-news-network equivalent of the Weekly World News.
All sensationalist bullshiat, all the time. Without even a shred of effort to stay relevant, objective or remotely close to reality.

/ feel free to make your own joke about how we're already there
// but I'm literally talking about "batboy", "bigfoot sighting", "jesus to return next week" -level nonsense
/// people will watch it; just stock your anchor lineup with attractive blondes.


Clearly you're unfamiliar with the Naked News business model.
 
2012-10-31 01:25:42 PM

Carousel Beast: Where am I missing it? Or perhaps you're a reactionary twat wanting to punish a douche that made someone else look bad because they were stupid?


But the question remains, why is it only the fault of the so-called stupid?

He's not asking for people to be strung up, he's asking a legitimate question of what happens when a medium is utilized for more than pictures of cats and becomes something that people listen to for actual information. Just because the internet was invented solely for porn doesn't mean it must remain so...wait...what?

This isn't so much a threat to the 1st Amendment as it is a question of where are the limits and does it exist near here? It is a curious question regardless.
 
2012-10-31 01:51:08 PM
I think we're overlooking one important fact here: The guy said it was "confirmed." Confirmed, people. That means that not only is it true, somebody went and made SURE it was true. This guy could have gone the "I have it on very good authority" or "True fact:" route, and we'd have believed him because, I mean, who lies on Twitter? But he doesn't roll that way. He made sure it was true, or got someone to do it for him (it's not clear which) and TOLD us that it was confirmed. That makes it extra-truthy. Confirmed. Get your facts straight. Those reports of a dry trading floor are obvious media fabrications. It was CONFIRMED. On TWITTER. Really, who are you going to believe?
 
2012-10-31 01:55:51 PM

IQof20: Carousel Beast: Where am I missing it? Or perhaps you're a reactionary twat wanting to punish a douche that made someone else look bad because they were stupid?

But the question remains, why is it only the fault of the so-called stupid?


Uh, because they were the ones who had the duty of fact-checking their sources and didn't?

He's not asking for people to be strung up

Oh really:

Generation_D: This fellow deserves a very public beatdown.


Generation_D: I would be happy to see him prosecuted and jailed.

he's asking a legitimate question of what happens when a medium is utilized for more than pictures of cats and becomes something that people listen to for actual information. Just because the internet was invented solely for porn doesn't mean it must remain so...wait...what?


Bullshiat. He's a partisan retard who wants to see somebody punished unconstitutionally because the guy has the audacity to support the other team. He is a god damned fascist.

This isn't so much a threat to the 1st Amendment as it is a question of where are the limits and does it exist near here? It is a curious question regardless.

They don't exist anywhere near here. It isn't a curious question, but a retarded one. I for one am glad you morons are nowhere near positions of power. But do keep up the good work of fighting the world's nonexistant problems from your mom's basement.

This is one of those threads where I thank Jebus that I wasn't born retarded like so many of you. If we are going to throw out the 1st Amendment anyway, maybe we should ban you guys from using the internet to keep you from making stupid decisions based on false information. We need to protect you from yourselves.
 
2012-10-31 02:02:41 PM

Generation_D: JerkStore: I am 100% OK with trolling the media. It's their farking job to check facts, but instead they all want to get the first "scoop" and rush blindly into reporting not just distortions, but outright lies. So fark them, their credibility, and their integrity. They sold out to the dollar years ago, and this is the result.

Bear in mind that if they can get something so easily checked completely wrong, what's their score on the stuff that's more subtle?

Oh sure, I have zero issue with trolling the media.

The issue is when police, fire, emergency are all actively using twitter and soliciting the public to use twitter to report emergency.

At that point it stops being fun social media and starts being a "fire in a movie theater" or "fake calls to 911" type of situation.

Situations in flux, and I do see some good arguments on all sides. In no way am I trying to suggest The Onion -- first amendment protected speech, hosted on its own parody site -- is involved in this.

But the cops and fire dept are taking emergency info by twitter. It changes its meaning a bit.

Any asshat can call in a fake 911.

Thats pretty much what he did, in the context he did it in.


Making an appeal to tradition for sites like The Onion, then blaming your opinions on the use of a medium by the government does not jibe.

This situation would have done no harm as units are attached near NYSE who can check on this in a heartbeat. The area is kind of a big deal. At best this qualifies as a false 911 report, and that is stretching the feasability of that argument quite thin.

The government using a completely privatized service such as Twitter, which has not established a legal emergency protocol, has dick to stand on if information fails. This is yet another public shaming for no purpose beyond political placating of the greyhaired Jitterbug-using, 56.6k with AOL set who do not understand how communication works.

Oh... And that sweet spot subset of individuals who want to armchair lawyer or be the righteous voice spewing nonsense to the masses.

You know. People who don't get irony.
 
2012-10-31 03:52:54 PM
All I can say is TROLL!
 
2012-10-31 03:59:19 PM
This just in, most mainstream journalists aren't terribly bright.
 
2012-10-31 04:19:29 PM

Generation_D: The Onion's stuff only trolls China and Iran news agencies. And your mom's facebook feed.


Plus many, many other people's Facebook feeds. (pops)
 
2012-10-31 05:08:42 PM

IQof20: Carousel Beast: Where am I missing it? Or perhaps you're a reactionary twat wanting to punish a douche that made someone else look bad because they were stupid?

But the question remains, why is it only the fault of the so-called stupid?

He's not asking for people to be strung up, he's asking a legitimate question of what happens when a medium is utilized for more than pictures of cats and becomes something that people listen to for actual information. Just because the internet was invented solely for porn doesn't mean it must remain so...wait...what?

This isn't so much a threat to the 1st Amendment as it is a question of where are the limits and does it exist near here? It is a curious question regardless.


It's not, though. The guy who tweeted didn't make a request of any authority. None. The actual analogy here is some dumb jock making a joke in a college cafeteria. Authority overheard him, and rather than doing any sort of due diligence, took it as God's Own Truth and got embarrassed by their own stupidity. Then we get people like Generation D who want to make it into a Constitutional issue on stupid grounds.
 
2012-10-31 05:12:56 PM
Seems apropos ...

mestadelsbilder.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-10-31 05:56:30 PM

Girion47: Generation_D: JerkStore: I am 100% OK with trolling the media. It's their farking job to check facts, but instead they all want to get the first "scoop" and rush blindly into reporting not just distortions, but outright lies. So fark them, their credibility, and their integrity. They sold out to the dollar years ago, and this is the result.

Bear in mind that if they can get something so easily checked completely wrong, what's their score on the stuff that's more subtle?

Oh sure, I have zero issue with trolling the media.

The issue is when police, fire, emergency are all actively using twitter and soliciting the public to use twitter to report emergency.

At that point it stops being fun social media and starts being a "fire in a movie theater" or "fake calls to 911" type of situation.

Situations in flux, and I do see some good arguments on all sides. In no way am I trying to suggest The Onion -- first amendment protected speech, hosted on its own parody site -- is involved in this.

But the cops and fire dept are taking emergency info by twitter. It changes its meaning a bit.

Any asshat can call in a fake 911.

Thats pretty much what he did, in the context he did it in.

So because a government agency decides it wants to use the Fark forum any and all of our posts from there on out have to be factual?

You're joking right?


All the REAL journalists fark....

the rest are talentless hacks, so of course, they head to where the real brains are
 
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