There was also the bogus report of people trapped under rubble at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, which also must have frightened a lot of people. Fox is not the only media outlet today to pass along outlandishly bad information. AccuWeather and KMOV St. Louis were also guilty of horrifically irresponsible journalism. It's as though these "journalists" were more concerned with beating their competition to publish online than they were with actually confirming what it was they were reporting. The end result was not journalism, but nothing more than bad gossip.
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|Okay, but WHICH "local news sources?|
A great post at Ryot.org details the making of the false Holiday Inn mass casualty story:
"Fox News just said on air that earlier reports of casualties at the Holiday Inn in Earth City, MO, were incorrect. Local officials have not received any such reports. The KMOV reporter at the scene is reporting no mass casualties (as reported earlier by Fox News)," notes Ryot.
However, KMOV itself mindlessly passed along Fox's bad story via Twitter earlier.
The "Fire Andrea Mitchell" blog also helped shed light into the darkness: "Despite earlier, unfounded media reports, there are no casualties at Earth City Missouri Holiday Inn.... In other false reporting, there are no people trapped in Busch Stadium....Most of the unfounded reports of mass casualties at Earth City Holiday Inn came from KMOV – the CBS St. Louis station which recently fired Larry Connors for daring to speak out against the IRS on his Facebook page. Yet again KMOV sticks their foot in their mouth."
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AccuWeather tweeted that "Fans are trapped under debris at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO according to local news sources." Like other idiots, AccuWeather did not say which sources, provided no link, and obviously did no research to verify the supposed tragedy. Perhaps AccuWeather should change their name to "InaccuWeather." Or maybe to something like "AccuWhetherItsTrueOrNot." Or just "Stupid."