By: Alex Goldman
This week’s shooting at the DC Navy Yard was the latest in a long string of breaking news reporting to get many of the essential facts wrong.
In fact, the rampant misreporting that follows shootings like this is so predictable that OTM has unintentionally developed a formula for covering them. We look at how all the bad information came out. We suggest ways that the news media could better report breaking news. This time, we’re doing something different.
This is our Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook. Rather than counting on news outlets to get it right, we’re looking at the other end. Below are some tips for how, in the wake of a big, tragic story, you can sort good information from bad. We’ve even made a handy, printable PDF that you can tape to your wall the next time you encounter a big news event.
Palestinian Anonymous ‘Hacktivists’ Take Over Ferguson’s Websites After Police Shooting Of Michael Brown
By: Shante Wooten
In response to the police shooting that killed an unarmed African-American teen, Michael Brown, protests in St. Louis have turned into a veritable uprising. But now, some of the Anonymous members working on #OpFerguson, have announced that some “hacktivists” involved with the take-over of the City of Ferguson website, are in fact located within Palestine.
The FBI has opened an investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager who was shot dead by police in Ferguson, Missouri. The ‘hacktivist’ group Anonymous has also released a video response. The Brown shooting incident comes less than a month after New York police officers choked and killed 43-year old Eric Garner. Both incidents of police brutality raise questions about whether or not black men are disproportionally targeted.
Israel is continuing to attack Gaza on all fronts with heavy air and drone attacks.
After the takedown of hundreds of Israeli websites, the Anonymous hackers now have leaked the most comprehensive list of Gazan civilian deaths together with a short explanation of the circumstances in which they were killed:
The Turkish government is red-faced after a leak on YouTube revealed a daring plot to justify invading neighboring Syria. An anonymous source posted audio of a secret meeting between top Turkish officials – discussing a false flag operation that would appear as a Syrian attack. It’s not the first time Ankara has tried to rally NATO against Syria. RT’s Marina Portnaya has a collection of Turkish attempts to spark a full-blown war with its neighbor, with the backing of the Alliance.