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(Washington Post)   Congratulations, Twitter user comfortablysmug, the Washington Post has named you the most successful troll of Hurricane Sandy   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 35
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2012-10-30 09:40:22 PM  
7 votes:
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  
6 votes:

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

2.bp.blogspot.com
2012-10-31 07:38:49 AM  
5 votes:
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
2012-10-30 09:50:52 PM  
4 votes:
The Buzzfeed article that outs the guy says he's a hedge fund analyst and Republican political consultant.
2012-10-31 07:37:19 AM  
3 votes:
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 07:00:00 AM  
3 votes:

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 06:51:55 AM  
3 votes:
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 06:43:54 AM  
3 votes:
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.
JJR
2012-10-31 06:35:11 AM  
3 votes:
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).
2012-10-30 08:57:00 PM  
3 votes:
Umm.. Something to aspire to when others are actually helping people.

Nice society we got here.
2012-10-31 10:57:20 AM  
2 votes:
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 06:49:11 AM  
2 votes:
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 06:44:48 AM  
2 votes:

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 02:29:58 AM  
2 votes:

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!
2012-10-30 11:30:02 PM  
2 votes:

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 11:18:21 PM  
2 votes:
2012-10-30 11:13:58 PM  
2 votes:
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 09:57:06 PM  
2 votes:

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 09:12:02 PM  
2 votes:
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 08:53:34 PM  
2 votes:
I for one welcome our troll overlords.
2012-10-31 02:02:41 PM  
1 votes:

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 12:44:25 PM  
1 votes:
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 10:20:53 AM  
1 votes:

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 09:08:14 AM  
1 votes:
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 09:04:36 AM  
1 votes:

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 08:41:29 AM  
1 votes:
Shame on him. Shame on "journalists" for relying on twitter as a source.
2012-10-31 08:40:41 AM  
1 votes:
good... it's the dumbfarks at CNN and the media in general that should be the ones embarrassed.
2012-10-31 07:38:22 AM  
1 votes:

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 07:09:59 AM  
1 votes:
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 06:40:56 AM  
1 votes:
We've reached the point where news organizations have been replaced by airheads reading anonymous Twitter accounts on TV.
2012-10-31 05:54:20 AM  
1 votes:
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.
2012-10-31 02:18:57 AM  
1 votes:

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!
2012-10-30 11:09:37 PM  
1 votes:
This fellow deserves a very public beatdown.
2012-10-30 11:08:06 PM  
1 votes:

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 10:08:26 PM  
1 votes:

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.
 
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