Internet slander is killing journalism – The Poly Post

They are gasping for air, attempting to seem relevant by fabricating provocative narratives from other’s missteps. They are journalistic bottom feeders.

Last month, Kinda Funny’s Colin Moriarty posted a tweet which read, “Ah, peace and quiet. #ADayWithoutAWoman.”

Most sane people can identify this tweet as an attempt at a joke; now, whether you find it humorous or not is simply a matter of taste, but it is obviously not Moriarty’s affidavit declaring all women should shut up. At best, it’s kind of funny and at worst, it’s a bad joke. Surely one’s career should not be put on the chopping block for such an unremarkable attempt at humor.

Seeing that this was posted on Twitter, an influx of self-righteous snowflakes lurking in their never-ending quest to be offended by everything saw an opportunity to satiate their hunger. Many gathered to showcase their virtuousness and moral superiority via outrage by claiming Moriarty was a sexist. They were there to feed on Moriarty’s reputation. In short, the tweet produced a storm of hate from a vocal minority.

Due to the backlash, Moriarty resigned from Kinda Funny, a company he co-founded.

This immediately got the attention of journalistic outlets, and shortly thereafter, they each dished out their own juicy scoops.

An International Business Times writer, Mike Luces, wrote an article regarding the tweet with the headline, “Kinda Funny’s Colin Moriarty Resigns After Targeting Women In Racist Joke; Insists It’s His Personal Decision.”

An argument can be made for it being sexist or perhaps even in poor taste, but not racist. Needless to say, many people were awestruck by how transparent this publication’s attempt to falsify controversy was.

Producing the most controversial article was valued over reporting accurately. The ever more elusive ad-revenue dollars were the top priority. It is journalism like this, that take actions out of context in an attempt to manufacture conflict, which feeds into people’s general distrust and lack of interest in journalism.

There would be no need to panic if this was a rare occurrence; unfortunately it is becoming a common occurrence. Lately it has become a trend, even widely respected journalism outlets like The Wall Street Journal have been guilty of taking jokes out of context in an effort to destroy careers.

Back in February, the Journal produced a number of articles claiming that popular YouTube content creator PewDiePie was promoting anti-Semitic views based on skits in his comedy videos. This eventually led Disney and other sponsors to cut ties with PewDiePie. As a result, the Journal directly contributed to the YouTuber losing massive sums of money.

It seems clear that these articles are not being written with the intent to accurately report on newsworthy issues. These articles are being written to ruffle feathers, and for clicks.

This trend is helping to kill journalism even faster than it already is dying. It is short-sighted and gross.

They strive to effectively destroy people’s professional and personal lives. Their thirst for producing controversy from a steamy-hot-juicy story has no boundary, so much so, that they will not hesitate to take any situation out of context and proceed to regurgitate a needlessly provocative narrative. They bring live grenades to water-balloon fights.

The clickbait needs to end.

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