I have some fun links for later in the day, but looking at the news this morning I wanted to ponder something that’s truly bugging me.
I’ve been reading about the “happy they were found but horrible it happened” situation in Cleveland (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, try here, but not if you don’t want your day wrecked). When I first read about it, I was horrified, as I think most people were. At the time the story broke, I took a look in the comments section, and I was really surprised to see how many people latched on to wildly speculative details that have turned out to be incorrect.
Why do people still do this?
In the age of the internet every major story that breaks suddenly has severe factual inaccuracies reported in the first 24-48 hours. It happens over and over again, and yet there are still people dedicating time and keyboard space to long screeds about whatever unconfirmed detail they think is relevant.
Is it really so hard to just say “that’s awful” for the first 2 days until the facts start coming in?