As Twitchy readers know, the viral story, covered endlessly, that drunk men on a subway yelling “Donald Trump” attacked a Muslim woman and attempted to remove her hijab has turned out to be a hoax. Yet another media fake news frenzy:
Here we go again! ANOTHER viral anti-Muslim attack hoax fueled by media feeding frenzy https://t.co/4BuaEZMYF2
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 14, 2016
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) December 14, 2016
What? It’s almost as if the media frantically runs with stories without investigating them one bit! Why don’t we just trust whatever they say, even if they just make stuff up as they go along? Sheesh.
What happened after it was proven a hoax? Let’s just use Buzzfeed as an example:
Buzzfeed shares on the Seweid attack article on Facebook went over 1,000. They have yet to post the arrest story. pic.twitter.com/HWhBAEDhZR
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) December 15, 2016
Because of course they didn’t. But surely Buzzfeed reported that it was a hoax, after all its breathless coverage of the false story to begin with?
Hi, @BuzzFeedBen. Why did your outlet report the original hoax as fact but add an "allegedly" to the story that the whole thing was a hoax?
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) December 14, 2016
Applying same standards and all.
— Kes (@KesaraRiku) December 15, 2016
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) December 15, 2016
Same rules apply, right? That brings us to Buzzfeed’s “report” covering the fact that the anti-Muslim crime story was a hoax, which Brit Hume called out with this retweet:
Hume truth boom. Here’s the original tweet from The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack:
— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) December 15, 2016
OUCH. Well, at least Buzzfeed is consistent. Consistently awful.