Bunk The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-facts, and Fake News By Young, Kevin Book - 2017

Janet Cooke, a young reporter with a star résumé. Her front-page story “Jimmy’s World” about a young heroin addict got widespread attention; that Sunday’s issue shipped almost a million copies, with the news service syndicating the article to over three hundred papers around the world.7 Mayor Marion Barry and others called for a search for the boy; the police offered a $10,000 award; even incoming First Lady Nancy Reagan weighed in, “How terribly sad to read it and to know there are so many others like him out there. I hope with all my heart I can do something to help them. Surely there must be a way.’”8 Jimmy may have inspired Mrs. Reagan’s campaign to urge us to “Just Say No” to drugs—and to appear on the hit show Diff’rent Strokes to say so.
Blair’s unusual stance as a black reporter at a major paper was matched by the Beltway snipers. Typical serial killer profiles and public speculation had it as a single white male shooter when it turned out to be two people—...

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