There are two prime examples this morning why no one trusts the media any more.
The first is this story carried by the National Post:
Stanley Knowlton, head of interpretive services at Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a Unesco World Heritage Site
Mr. Knowlton arrived on the morning of Sept. 9 and noticed tire tracks leading toward the almost five-metre high rock that has vertical sides. Around its base, which is about eight metres wide with a similar length, the long prairie grass had been flattened by activity.
He placed his ladder and climbed to the top where he stood in dismay.
“To my absolute horror, I could see what kind of damage had been done. I just couldn’t believe it.” (see here)
This was widely reported for 4 days but what wasn’t actually to be believed was this guy Knowlton:
It appears a report of vandals damaging a giant rock in southern Alberta covered with historic aboriginal carvings was nothing but a hoax.
A media report said old pictographs and petroglyphs had been destroyed, possibly with acid, a pressure-washer and an electric hammer drill.
RCMP investigated the reports this week with the help of the Alberta Archeological Survey and the Royal Alberta Museum.
Inspector Joe McGeough said Friday there was no wilful damage to the rock and there is no record of there being any native pictographs or petraglyphs at the site.
Police say their investigation is over and they have no idea what prompted the report. (see here)
Will Knowlton be charged for mischief by the RCMP and a thorough review of how this was reported without confirmation be done by the news organizations involved with the reporter(s) job at stake?
The second story about phoney media that emerged this morning though is far more serious.
It turns out that CNN’s Anderson Cooper used the personal journal of murdered US Ambassador Christopher Stevens taken from the embassy grounds without disclosing the source:
On Wednesday on his show, “Anderson Cooper 360,” Cooper told Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) that “a source familiar with Ambassador Stevens’ thinking told us that in the months before his death he talked about being worried about the never-ending security threats that he was facing in Benghazi and specifically about the rise in Islamic extremism and growing al Qaeda presence.” The source, Cooper continued, “also mentioned [Stevens] being on an al Qaeda hit list.” (see here)
It took 2 days for CNN to come clean and seemingly only after other media organizations were tipped-off that this evidence was removed from the crime scene, used by CNN for ratings and that the US authorities were not notified.
Question again is, will anyone be charged and how many will lose their jobs?