A Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Reports A Fake Video As News In The Johnny Depp-Amber Heard Trial

How embarrassing, but more than that, how infuriating.
Richard Winton, a 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at the Los Angeles Times, reported on the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial that consumed social media,
“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.

2 thoughts on “A Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Reports A Fake Video As News In The Johnny Depp-Amber Heard Trial

  1. The Pulitzer Prize has become politicized. It’s now used to reward activists who masquerade as journalists. This guy wanted this to be true.

    In today’s world, the first step he could’ve taken was googling, “Amber Herd Jason Momoa, Johnny Depp lawyer, Camille Vasquez court statements fake.” Or “Did Jason Momoa make a statement at the Depp/Herd trail?”

    Just see what comes up. Check trial transcripts. Run it the story by people who know all the details. Fact checking here wouldn’t even be that hard. It’s minimal effort man.

  2. It’s mindboggling. Gallons of digital ink were spilled over the Depp trial. It was literally people’s jobs to do nothing but watch that trial and spin the outcome for readers. *I* could have told you that Momoa didn’t testify. In fact, Jason Momoa wasn’t even on a witness list. In fact, the only person approaching celebrity other than Depp or Heard to take the stand was Kate Moss, seeing as the parties declined to call Paul Bettany, James Franco, Marilyn Manson or Elon Musk.

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