“At one point, actor Jason Momoa, star of ‘Aquaman,’ testified via live video in support [of] his co-star Heard. Without prompting, he said, ‘Hi, Camille,’ to Depp’s high-profile litigator, Camille Vasquez, a rising star in Orange County legal circles who quickly became the star of the trial as much as Depp and Heard.”
It didn’t happen. What Winton reported as fact was actually a faked video sent out on Twitter as a joke. To be clear, the reporter was pretending to report on what he had witnessed, but really took second-hand information as true, and it wasn’t. I once got a theater critic fired for writing a review of the second act of a show I directed when she had left during intermission. This is worse. The Times issued a terse correction stating, “An earlier version of this article included a paragraph about Jason Momoa testifying by video at the trial. The “Aquaman” actor did not testify.”
And? What is the paper going to do about a reporter who reports imaginary news as fact, when he’s too lazy to attend the event he’s supposedly reporting on?When I wrote yesterday [Item #3] about the New York Times’ execrable progressive pundit Michelle Goldberg‘s op-ed opining that Heard should have been victorious in the case, I was highly suspicious that she hadn’t actually watched the trial. I don’t know for certain, but apparently this was a common occurrence among reporters. Megan Fox writes,
Lawyers who attended the trial in the gallery to report on jury reactions…reported that they hardly ever saw any mainstream news media in the courtroom. Yet Big Media wanted to be the ones guiding the narrative of the trial. Left up to them, they would have us believe that Heard is the victim and Depp is the abuser. Anyone who actually watched the trial came to the opposite conclusion.
I don’t see how anyone can take the mainstream media seriously any more, respect journalists, or believe anything they write without independent confirmation. One of the myriad things the news media sneered at Donald Trump about was his persistent claim that they trafficked in “fake news.”
He has never been more correct.