There's a hashtag trending on twitter today that reads #AdviceForYoungJournalists. Now I don't have the track record, experience or stamps in my passport to dole out many tips related to this subject, but I've never had to use a spreadsheet at work and I do edit this website, so I reckon I can give you at least one:
If you see something on the internet that seems too outrageous to be true, it probably is!
Unfortunately for all you sceptics out there, we live in a world where the most plausible explanation is usually the correct one. Boring, I know. Yes, jet fuel can weaken steel beams to the point where they buckle and give way, even if they don't melt into a liquid state. AK-47 rounds won't cause a French police officer's skull to explode like one of Gallagher's watermelons, despite the false flag video on your wall. And if an anonymous feminist blogger on a site you've never heard of claims she aborted her baby on the basis that it was male, it's almost certainly not true. More likely, it's total fucking bullshit written by a male troglodyte who's never touched a vagina in his life.
However, if u disagree with me and still want 2 get into writing, don't give up just yet. A preference for sensationalism and misinformation is no longer a hindrance in the world of journalism. In fact, it's an asset. Just look at the Metro and Huffington Post, who both published an article about the aforementioned blogger earlier today. The only referenced source is the original blog itself - the venerable and esteemed 'Injustice Stories'. That means they don't actually have any verification that it's true, beyond the fact people are talking about it on Twitter. As it is, they've dutifully embedded some relevant tweets and it's currently going gangbusters on Facebook. If someone like Glenn AKA WiredPig is shocked by it and it's got 300+ shares, then I need to hop off their dick because my pussy is too dry to be riding it right now.
The blog itself would have been an excellent slice of online provocation if it wasn't so indelicate in its approach. Sadly, people are now so desperate to feel outraged that even trolls can half-arse their way through being cunts. The anonymous writer, Lana, takes the invisible form of every tumblrina/feminazi/special snowflake to ever grace the internet, and sets out to construct a Bayeaux Tapestry of painfully obvious bait. The piece is called 'I Aborted My Baby Because It Was A Boy'. She was verbally abused by a man while flying to an Occupy Rally in San Francisco (it had to be SF). Upon learning she's having a boy, she says;
"My home became my prison and my fetus became my warden the next 48 hours. Crying, sobbing, uncontrollable weeping, mental anguish the likes of which may only be experienced by those who have had their lives destroyed by war."
Plus her name is Lana. God I bet she's pretty when she cries.
These are the words of a neckbeard intent on turning the internet against women. At a generous stretch, I'd even suggest pro-lifers could be taking to cyberspace to undermine Roe v. Wade. What this almost certainly isn't, is a true story.
Forgive me if the links to the post have gone dead. The host website presumably can't handle today's increased traffic. By the way, the website has only ever posted once (the article in question) and its Facebook page was registered late last month and has amassed a whopping eight followers. On top of this, the whole operation seems to be totally inaccesible now. Although I'm pretty sure the operation was just one, very lonely young man.
You'd think the Metro and HuffPo might have noticed this.
Remember budding journos, try to have a little respect for the truth - and yourself - before you start shoveling shit all over the net. I'll give you that one for free.