Bad Tips

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Over in Texas, nothing happened.

HARDIN, Texas (AFP) – Texas police were investigating whether a tip-off from a psychic about a mass grave containing dozens of dismembered bodies was in fact a hoax after an intense search found no bodies.

State, local and federal agents combed the area around a rural home after a woman who claimed to be psychic called police twice to report the mass grave at in Hardin, Texas about 50 miles (31 kilometers) northeast of Houston.

She provided a very good description of both the outside and interior of the one-storey brown brick home and blood was found on the porch, which prompted police to get a search warrant and call in reinforcements.

Soon, local media were reporting that as many as 25 to 30 bodies — including children — were found on the rural property. But those reports turned out to be false.

“We searched the premises there is no indication there are any bodies at this residence, property or shed,” Rex Evans, a captain with the Liberty County sheriff department, told reporters.

“There is no indication that a homicide occurred here.”

Craig McNair, head of the county commissioners, expressed frustration with the “havoc” created by the false tip which led dozens of journalists to descend upon the quiet Texas town.

“Whoever this person was who gave this tip we’ll be in touch with her and we could hold her responsible for giving a false tip and creating this havoc,” he said.

The psychic was clearly not the source of the havoc.  Unless she was.  It doesn’t mention if the psychic was in touch with media prior to the ruckus or not.  Anybody might have tipped the media.

Now, the media.  The media were buffoons yet again.  Running a sensationalist story without verifying facts.  Hey, it was the psychic’s fault!

The psychic should now claim, if she hasn’t already, that she got her info from a vision of the future news headlines, which we know were horrifically inaccurate.  Even for today’s media.

It’s getting messy now.

Here’s a little blurb about it, courtesy of commenter Kate:

http://www.newsy.com/videos/player.swf?related=http://www.newsy.com/api/get-featured-videos/10/&file=http://www.newsy.com/api/get-video/6610/

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5 Responses to Bad Tips

  1. People are excitable these days it seems.

  2. Autumnforest says:

    This is exactly why I’ve never shared my psychic info, even when afterwards, I was 100% accurate. You never know which time you’ll be totally off the mark.

  3. Kate says:

    I love your opening line: Over in Texas, nothing happened. It’s funny because it’s so true! The media made such a spectacle over absolutely nothing, and so did the law enforcement officials, who are now trying to find the psychic who gave them that oh-so-reliable tip. Because psychics are always reliable, right? As someone with a media background, this situation made me cringe, and I hope it causes the outlets that reported to rethink their procedures about following tips like this and reporting without any facts. I wanted to share this video on this event. I think you’ll appreciate how it analyzes news coverage from different sources to show various perspectives on the media’s response and how outlets fanned the (nonexistent) fire on this one. I hope you’ll considering embedding the video in your post.

    http://www.newsy.com/videos/media-race-to-report-tx-mass-grave-leads-to-false-reporting/

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