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monocle_layton said:
CosmicSex said:

I think I'm missing something here.  How is the news supposed to know which police reports are true and which are false?  

The problem is that before we had any confirmation the story exploded and reached headlines around the world. That shouldn’t happen. Irresponsible journalism is insanely dangerous

irstupid said: 
CosmicSex said: 

I think I'm missing something here.  How is the news supposed to know which police reports are true and which are false?  

Maybe a little thing called investigative journalism.

 

Guys, in almost every  crime case that a police report is filed for, news outlets pick up the story and change their language for the fact that it is alleged. 

From there, the internet does what it does.   What I am saying is that it is unthinkable that the original local new outlets would not report an alleged attack on a child.  

What it sounds like happened after that is that people reported on it without further details or investigation.   That's the issue.  I mean welcome to the internet.  We should expect for previous stories to be corrected.  But reporting on alleged allegations is not fake news.  No one in their right mind would suggest not reporting it via news.   Sensationalizing a false report is the issue hopefully we can all agree on that.   You don't know if its fake, but you know if you are sensationalizing it for the masses. 

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Also, if she told them she was attacked for being Muslim, how would anyone know?  You should be applauding the police for getting to the bottom of this.   I refuse to be expected to start reading minds... nope not gonna do it.