Comments on: Fake press releases are a public service http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/11/28/fake-press-releases-are-a-public-service/ Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:54:39 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: hulama http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/11/28/fake-press-releases-are-a-public-service/#comment-12790 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:33:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=1328#comment-12790 Reuters was taken in by a bogus study in which the researchers made some pretty juicy claims, but would only turn over the study to reporters who agreed not to seek third party opinions. Turns out the study had some pretty major flaws and the researchers were using the media to get lots of sensational coverage.
http://embargowatch.wordpress.com/2012/0 9/21/stenographers-anyone-gmo-rat-study- co-sponsor-engineered-embargo-to-prevent -scrutiny/

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By: jgc1970 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/11/28/fake-press-releases-are-a-public-service/#comment-12679 Thu, 29 Nov 2012 23:19:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=1328#comment-12679 this article seems well-researched…there plenty of examples of media outlets biting on bogus press releases. what amazes me is that all the reporter’s work turned up no examples of reuters falling prey to a bogus release.

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By: USAPragmatist http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/11/28/fake-press-releases-are-a-public-service/#comment-12678 Thu, 29 Nov 2012 21:05:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=1328#comment-12678 JP007, So is EVERYTHING about Benghazi in rightie land nowadays?

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By: azand http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/11/28/fake-press-releases-are-a-public-service/#comment-12607 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 20:10:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=1328#comment-12607 Arthur,
With all due respect, you’re kidding, right?

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By: zotdoc http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/11/28/fake-press-releases-are-a-public-service/#comment-12595 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 16:29:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=1328#comment-12595 We definitely have a “fooling frenzy” of lies described as press releases from our politicians. It’s never going to stop, because you can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time. The Obama administration and the democratic party definitely believe in the marxist idea of telling a very big lie and saying it over and over until people satrt to believe it.

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By: hrmhrm http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/11/28/fake-press-releases-are-a-public-service/#comment-12593 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 16:12:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=1328#comment-12593 A mistake: Jack assumes that Business Insider, Forbes, and Techcrunch are “news organizations.” These are not news organizations, but “content providers” with few journalistic standards. AP is quickly heading their way.

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By: arthur_y http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/11/28/fake-press-releases-are-a-public-service/#comment-12587 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 14:31:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=1328#comment-12587 Of course, the claim can be reliably made that journalists lie day-in and day-out to the audiences they serve, fabricating sources and quotes and making up information to fit the narrative they wish to tell.

My point simply is that liars and thieves exist in every profession, not just in public relations. And while the stereotype of public-relations-professional-as-liar is a reliable applause generator, any public relations professional who regularly misleads journalists (vs. a press-distributing bot) is not going to last long in this profession. And shouldn’t.

It’s the obligation of every public relations professional to serve the journalist community, which means helping journalists ferret out the facts and get their stories correct. The Public Relations Society of America’s Code of Ethics (www.prsa.org/ethics) requires PRSA members and encourages other public relations professionals not only to “act promptly to correct erroneous communications for which the member is responsible,” but also to “investigate the truthfulness and accuracy of information released on behalf of those represented.”

Arthur Yann is VP/PR for PRSA.

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By: reality-again http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/11/28/fake-press-releases-are-a-public-service/#comment-12577 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 13:36:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=1328#comment-12577 There is a continuum stretching between real press releases and fake ones.
Let’s face it – many press releases are pretty much exercises in PR, and many media outlets are happy to publish stories about them if the source happens to be a big company like Apple, or one that draws public attention such as Facebook, or a ‘celebrity’ who’s business is essentially to get stuff about themselves published.
The result is that we’re immersed in BS, pardon the expression.

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By: Darthen http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/11/28/fake-press-releases-are-a-public-service/#comment-12556 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 09:01:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=1328#comment-12556 When I read “according to a press release…” in the news, I expect what follows to be hype or spin and my BS filtration system kicks up to full power. I think most people who read news are the same, so those news (and “news”) organizations that frequently publish fake news will eventually lose readers. Getting caught red-handed will only speed up that process.

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By: JP007 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/11/28/fake-press-releases-are-a-public-service/#comment-12546 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 04:13:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=1328#comment-12546 Benghazi 101: This article ignores the elephant in the room in regard to “fake” press releases, that is Obama and his hacks blaming the murder of the US Ambassador and 3 of his compatriots on a fake “crowd” which never existed and that the whole incident was the result of a You Tube video which the entire media EXCEPT Fox News bought into.
Ready made database of fake excuse videos for the fraud that is Obama and his sycophants.

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