Anti-oil story on Native rock etchings being destroyed proved a lie


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?


8 Responses to “Anti-oil story on Native rock etchings being destroyed proved a lie”

  1. bettie Says:

    There are these examples of media ineptitude, and there is also the disgraceful fact of Mulcair commissionning the media to tell the world about Harper’s ‘lies’, which they are obediently doing.

    • Jen Says:

      bettie, they the media, are programmed to obey anyone doesn’t matter who… as long as it is not the Conservvatives.
      Why not Muclair, the liberals or any outsider make use of the programmers to suit their personal needs.

  2. dmorris Says:

    “Historians are comparing it to the Taliban’s destruction of massive Buddhist statues in Afghanistan:”

    Wow! If you’re going to exaggerate, might as well do it BIG!

    White apologists for our alleged mistreatment of Indians/Natives/Aboriginals, rank among the most sleazy of all the activists. They will do anything to stop development, by claiming Indian burial grounds/artifacts/ ancient camp sites.

    Truth doesn’t enter into it.

  3. Liz J Says:

    People would be fools to trust the media. Sneak, lie and steal information seems to be their modus operandi.
    It would appear Knowlton was at the very least up to or supporting mischief to feed an agenda.

    As for CNN and Cooper, guess it’s just an example of the lengths and depths they’ll go for “stories” to boost their ratings. Stuff like this probably won’t scathe the reporter or the network, they give the appearance of being big on tabloid any way they can produce it.

  4. john Says:

    Bet you won’t read anything about this lie in the papers.

  5. Stan Says:

    Another example is the media going bat**** when Mitt told the truth about taxpayers.
    They are appalled because they themselves would never do that.
    Tell the truth that is….
    The whole idea of telling the truth is completely foreign to them, it is strange, and it frightens them.
    They are confused by it, and like all small minded people they hate anything they don’t understand.

  6. Bec Says:

    Head Smashed-in is a beloved AB heritage site so if it had been victimized, it would probably not been an Albertan. Whatever this reported bs was intending, it should have been followed up quickly by a REAL investigative journalist.

    AS for the alleged craziness by Cooper, OMG! SICK!

  7. andycanuck Says:

    And another one today too. Several media outlets including the WSJ reported 18,000 at an Obama rally when the site is a 5,000-seat arena.

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