Frida Sofiá was fake news

https://qz.com/1084105/a-schoolgirl-trapped-in-mexicos-earthquake-rubble-won-the-worlds-hearts-except-she-didnt-exist/

The 12 year old girl buried under rubble in Mexico City didn’t exist, except in the news reports of TV channels.

This story makes the point that the presence of the TV cameras distorted allocation of rescue resources that could have been better deployed where people still needed help. News reporting is susceptible to the phenomenon of “mass hysteria”, especially if the humans involved want their story to be true (see: Trump/Russian collusion)

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One Response to Frida Sofiá was fake news

  1. briand75 says:

    With all of the urgency to save lives where possible, this was an outstanding display of media missing the mark by a light year.

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