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originally posted by: schuyler
And I'm disappointed at the entire issue. This is abject speculation masquerading as journalism, as Phage's first post in the original thread stated. This kind of speculation is exactly why ATS is not taken seriously.
originally posted by: letmeDANz
Journalism was a profession of reporting facts.
Today Journalism is about creating sensationalism.
Why? better TRP rating, better income..enough already.
Who cares whether the story that creates the said hype is true or false?
The mega thread presents a dangerous precedent, where anyone can post a story under the headline of rumor & post it in any forum they like.
If it turns out to be fake, so what.. it was noted as a rumor, which could be true or false & can never be a hoax
Social media can take anything viral.
Like someone pointed out early in this thread, the mega thread could be responsible for generating all the hype & the buzz in social media.
If not the hoax bin, the gray area would certainly be a good place.
But i would prefer this site to be the last bastions of truth, if any would ever remain.
originally posted by: Chickensalad
Leads me to believe that without your mega thread and all the speculation involved therein, this whole story was a non-issue for the rest of the world.
No, SO...I think your guilty of perpetuating speculation in the wrong forum and by ATS standards this was a Hoax plain and simple.
Eta- I think theres an obvious reason as to why no respected journalist was picking this up and running with it. You would think that if there was merit to the speculation then anybody with a press badge would be all over it trying to be the first to break the news.
As for the troglodytes afraid of social media... get used to it. Its not going anywhere anytime soon.
It's traditionally been the Breaking Alternative News forum that has somewhat higher standards for originating source, not the Breaking Political News forum.
The topic is not a hoax. There have been dozens of stories (and some threads about those stories) over the past few months from analysis talking about rumors of turmoil at the Kremlin. Those didn't get, "oh, just a rumor, toss it into hoax," comments. But suddenly, mix in social media and...