Press Association and Big Media Fail to Double Source

Big Media Twits

Guido has just checked with David Miliband’s office. He didn’t Twitter a tribute to Michael Jackson. British newspapers are reporting that he Twittered “Never has one soared so high and yet dived so low. RIP Michael”. Except of course he didn’t.

On Wednesday Guido gave a presentation to the Press Association on the future of digital journalism.   Looks like Guido could teach them something about checking their sources…

UPDATE : Paul Waugh and Sunder Katawala also exercised commonsense in suspecting that Her Majesty’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs might not be Twittering in the middle of the night about Wacko Jacko.  Guido will not be taking lectures in future from Twitterholics on how they will crowd source news or from the grandees of the newswires on how they have higher thresholds for substantiating stories.

UPDATE II : P.A. have now pulled their story, so has the Telegraph. Agence France Presse also ran the story.




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