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3 February, 2010

Toying with the truth

I wouldn't normally link to the Daily Mail, but it's for purposes of ridicule, so that's okay.

A couple of days ago, the tabloid ran the 'heartwarming' story of an impala caught by three cheetahs who, supposedly because they were tired and already full, played with it for a while before letting it go. Aah. How cute.

The slight problem is that the Mail only used part of the photoset and invented an entirely fictional outcome. Yes; surprise, surprise: the Daily Mail lied.
As those who have seen the final two images in the sequence published at Biosphoto will know, the cheetahs simply didn't release the impala, which was eaten.

Things like this make me genuinely wonder: what is the Mail for? Are there really people so blind as to accept it as anything even vaguely resembling a news source? I consider most mass media to be flawed, and routinely check for corroboration before accepting their interpretations, but at least they tend to be less blatent in cherrypicking evidence to manufacture falsehoods.

[Via BoingBoing.]


BoingBoing at least had the decency to correct their story. The Daily Fail hasn't, although anyone reading the comments would realise this.

Posted by Neil T. at February 3, 2010 05:11 PM
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