SHOULD QUACK JOURNALISM BE ALLOW TO CONTINUE?

SHOULD QUACK JOURNALISM BE ALLOW TO CONTINUE?

There are a few online sites who claim to be practicing journalism but mere platforms for quacks and marketers of falsehood. In what is now becoming 419 journalism, a perverted version of “gotcha” journalism, and many so-called journalists just sit in armchairs and write trash. They feed the unsuspecting public with crap, hogwash, fake news and malicious propaganda. Tori is fast gaining a reputation as a marketer of lies, fake news and marketers of propaganda.

The recent report published by Tori about the ill-health of
President Muhammadu Buhari and the fabricated details about not being able to recognize family members is total falsehood and has no place in good journalism. Even in a decent society no decent person or news website would run such a report without presenting any shred of evidence.

Reading through the report that we now know is riddled with wicked imaginations with a mix of hallucination- we know it will one day stand as one of the worst piece of reporting if it could be called that. It has done great damage to good journalism. In what is the lowest any kind of journalism can sink, Tori has published a story that is malicious, fake, and completely false. With no shred of evidence, the website published a story about Buhari’s ill-health. Such is the danger we face in an era where everyone can claim to be a journalist simply because anyone can set up a website and publish anything.

With a Facebook account or even on Twitter, anyone can write anything and make it reach millions. But when its total falsehood like in this instance, its journey is cut short because the truth is soon brought to light.

Most of the news websites that carried the recent fictitious story about Buhari’s supposed sudden illness did not do any kind of follow up check on the story before publishing.. None of the stories carried eyewitness accounts or confirmation from any of the President’s associates or relations.

I think we have had enough of these false alarms about Buhari. Each time he travels out for a few weeks we get these round of fake reports that he is sick. Each time it has been proven to be false. I think Buhari should consider taken to court the online website that ran this latest report to teach them a lesson.

 

© Adeogun Oluwakayode

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