Wednesday, 16 June 2010
How easy it is to fool the media with invented research results
One catch : the bureau doesn’t exist nor does the underlying research.
Belgian TV production company Woestijnvis invented all those stories as a part of a new TV-program that hasn’t aired yet. The hoax was discovered today by the newspaper Het Belang van Limburg. The first appearance of a fake report by Data Driven appeared on June 9 2009 or more than a year ago.
It definitely tells you something about the reliability of news stories appearing in the media.