the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, you may have noticed yesterday that News 12 New Jersey was spoofed by a fake tweet of President Trump . When challenged by the lack of skepticism and fact checking ‘reporter” Kurt Siegelin responded on Facebook to our query by attempting to justify his biased faux pas , “Have you read some of the President’s tweets? It’s not hard to believe he actually would have tweeted something like a couple years ago.”
We countered “Ever watched 12 news? Biased much ??” , after all it was News 12 that called Ridgewood a town of bigots because so many were skeptical of Aronsohn’s stupid make work ADA ramp at Graydon pool when far better alternatives existed . The doubters were proved correct when the fiasco ran well over budget and is basically unusable because it gets slippery when wet (duh) . The far better alternative the “mobi chair” used at Allendale’s pool was passed on because it did not cost enough .
Kurt Siegelin ended the conversation, ” Dude, whatever. I can only tell you people here are earnest in trying to present unfiltered truth. If you don’t believe it, I can’t help you.” Translation News 12 New Jersey will remain smug and content in its biased , ignorant and bigoted point of view .
A post from Kurt Siegelin(FACEBOOK)
“A few words (maybe more than a few) about this fake tweet…
I saw this on my timeline this morning and immediately thought ‘Man, he’s going to have to explain this!’ And then? Then I read a little more and find out President Trump never tweeted this. It’s Photoshop, or whatever-fakes-a-tweet-shop. Never happened. The guy responsible even admits he did it as a joke and he realizes it’s going around twitter, Facebook and the internet LIKE IT DID HAPPEN and he’s sorry for that. Oopsie. Buddy, in short, too late. This fake tweet is now being shared and re-shared like it DID happen by anyone who hates the President and would like to further undermine him. People are seeing this and believing it did happen.
So what can you believe anymore? If some yahoo on twitter can create something which looks so authentic, is anything legit? Is anything not fake-able? And how do you know? Honestly, I don’t have an answer for that. And really, I don’t blame this idiot. People do stupid stuff. They aren’t “journalists”, trying to be careful with the truth in every post. No, they’re just looking for some shares. And this guy is having his moment. As of this writing, this fake tweet has over 27,000 retweets and 59,000 likes. The likes? They could be people who like the sentiment, hate Trump, whatever. It’s the retweets which are the concern. That’s the virus spreading. Leading to more people actually believing a lie. My question, how many who saw this know it’s fake? You’d have to do some clicking to see the author’s contrition — which people typically don’t do — so yeah, this is out there tonight and I think people believe it. But again, I don’t blame this guy. He was just looking for a reaction.
I actually blame Facebook and twitter for allowing this be disseminated. Both have made some very public statements in the last months about trying to stop fake news from being spread on their sites. They claim to now actively censor material. I haven’t seen that in action, but I guess this one got past both their censors. Hey twitter and Facebook! You know what? Do more. And do it better. The people who run these social media platforms need to realize they are the new newspapers. They are what America reads. They shape what America thinks. Any self-respecting newspaper editor of the past 100 years would never have printed this fake tweet, so why are Facebook and twitter allowed to? There’s no oversight. No ethical standard they’re trying to adhere to (at least none I know of). So understand, always, reader beware. Be suspicious of it all. In the meantime, I’d like to give twitter and Facebook execs a lecture on journalism. They could use a good talking-to right now.”