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Fake expert says media "will print anything"

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Yahoo: 'Media manipulator’ admits he lied as a source for the Times, ABC, CBS

A self-described "media manipulator" who served as an "expert" source for a slew of news outlets admitted he made it all up to prove that the media "will literally print anything." He also did it to promote a book.

Ryan Holiday, a 25-year-old marketing director for American Apparel, revealed his "experiment" in an interview with Forbes.com, where he's a contributor.

"I knew that bloggers would print anything," Holiday said. "So I thought, what if, as an experiment, I tried to prove that they will literally print anything?"

Holiday, who lives in New Orleans, said he enlisted in "Help A Reporter Out," a free service that connects journalists with more than 130,000 "experts" on a variety of topics.

ABC, NBC, CBS, the New York Times and Reuters were among those news outlets that found Holiday through the site.

The Original Forbes Article: How This Guy Lied His Way Into MSNBC, ABC News, The New York Times and More

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Isn't American Apparel notorious for how absolutely shitty their marketing is?

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lol deflection? Like I'm a huge fan of the media? It's just a comment you jew.

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An April 18 story published in the Times—"Enjoying Turntables Without Obsessing"—quoted Holiday's thoughts on vinyl records: "I could hear hands going up and down the frets, and stuff that they probably didn't want you to hear. Which is a nice little surprise."

Holiday told Forbes he doesn't own a turntable.

oh wow this is scandalous

for real though the media will indeed print anything. see: every "expert" who promotes trickle down economics

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Not a big surprise as facts haven't been required in media for years.

In February 2003, a Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with an assertion by FOX News that there is no rule against distorting or falsifying the news in the United States.

Back in December of 1996, Jane Akre and her husband, Steve Wilson, were hired by FOX as a part of the Fox “Investigators” team at WTVT in Tampa Bay, Florida. In 1997 the team began work on a story about bovine growth hormone (BGH), a controversial substance manufactured by Monsanto Corporation. The couple produced a four-part series revealing that there were many health risks related to BGH and that Florida supermarket chains did little to avoid selling milk from cows treated with the hormone, despite assuring customers otherwise.

According to Akre and Wilson, the station was initially very excited about the series. But within a week, Fox executives and their attorneys wanted the reporters to use statements from Monsanto representatives that the reporters knew were false and to make other revisions to the story that were in direct conflict with the facts. Fox editors then tried to force Akre and Wilson to continue to produce the distorted story. When they refused and threatened to report Fox's actions to the FCC, they were both fired.(Project Censored #12 1997)

FOX asserted that there are no written rules against distorting news in the media. They argued that, under the First Amendment, broadcasters have the right to lie or deliberately distort news reports on public airwaves. Fox attorneys did not dispute Akre’s claim that they pressured her to broadcast a false story, they simply maintained that it was their right to do so. After the appeal verdict WTVT general manager Bob Linger commented, “It’s vindication for WTVT, and we’re very pleased… It’s the case we’ve been making for two years. She never had a legal claim.”


Failure of journalists to do thorough research is more common in these days of media deregulation and partisan multi-national media giants that care more about profits and manipulating the viewer than presenting factual information.

However, none of that should excuse intentional lying to the American public by the individual in the OP or anyone else associated with the media.

Unfortunately, our judicial system does not agree. Corporate America has their thumb on Lady Justice's scales .

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