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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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Media responsible for Sparrow tweet
I note with interest that the rumours of the Mighty Sparrow’s death have been blamed on the Trini propensity for “spreading rumours.” This is unfair to the general population. On Tuesday, the Mighty Sparrow’s death was tweeted by a news reporter for a major local channel. He corrected himself minutes later, but the story had already spread far and wide by then. A news anchor at the very same station also tweeted that Sparrow had died, but had the presence of mind to delete that tweet seconds afterwards.
Incidentally, the head of news at this station spent the next 48 hours tweeting about journalistic integrity and the importance of checking sources, when in fact his reporter was responsible for the whole mess. On Wednesday, the official twitter account of a major daily newspaper reported Sparrow’s death. It was widely retweeted, and also taken as fact by calypsonians and soca artistes who use social media. The newspaper tweeted an apology, but it was already too late.
In short, this was not “spreading rumours.” This was the failing of the media. It is the media that need to buck up, not the general population. I wish Sparrow a full recovery.
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