Like I said the other day, if bloodthirsty dentist Walter Palmer broke the law in some way, he needs to face punishment. But the media is taking this lion shit way too fucking far. Yesterday several outlets, including USA Today and CNN, rushed to declare that Cecil the lion’s brother Jericho had been killed by poachers in Zimbabwe. There’s only one problem with all this: it wasn’t true. As we’ve seen in the past, that never stops the media, though, does it?
Here’s some more background:
— University of Oxford (@UniofOxford) August 2, 2015
After a whole day of media hoopla, we have CNN retracting their report. Maybe they should have checked with the Oxford researchers before rushing this tripe out? I realize they did get fed an erroneous quote, but still. If they had waited only a single day, they wouldn’t have egg on their face right now. Trust in the media is at an all-time low, and this is another case study that shows why.
Maybe they figure there’s no use in trying to dig themselves out of their hole. That’s a fair point. We’ve probably passed the point of no return for these guys. It’s why so many are turning to alternative sources of media to help sort through the bullshit. Unlike some, I knew what a huge story the Cecil the lion thing was. Yes, the media overdid it. Yes, the hunter faced unacceptable harassment. It was at least a legitimate story, though. Yesterday was a complete embarrassment.
Let me know what you think. The article is slightly off-topic, but anything that shows how worthless the media has become is fair game here on TheRalphRetort.com.