Tuesday, January 29, 2019

BNL News has "sources"

The Twitter account @BreakingNLive made a couple tweets earlier today about Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Specifically, they said she was deathly ill:
BREAKING: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has not been heard of for over a month, is deathly ill, but is currently being kept alive at an unknown hospital for an unknown reason - sources 
(We are in contact with a few people who have knowledge about the situation)

Within half an hour, @BNLNews deleted the tweets, claiming they needed to "verify" the information further.  The tweets were sitting on my timeline, so I took a screenshot:

Is there anything more annoying than when an anonymous news source makes a reference to anonymous sources?  Call it a pet peeve of mine. 

The @BreakingNLive Twitter account has 77,000 followers.  The bio section says "Breaking news alerts & news updates from around the world."  The geographic marker says "USA."

The two earliest tweets from @BreakingNLive, from September 18, 2016, both reference RT.  That might be significant, but I'm not sure.

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