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British Newspaper Admits to Lying about First Lady’s Lingerie Purchase; Are Our News Media Complicit?

Journalism 101 Question of the Week: What do you call any news organization that prints, broadcasts, or repeats an outlandish claim which slanders an unsuspecting public figure, fails to provide verifiable evidence, and lacks credible sources to back up the claim? Read More
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FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA DESERVES A KISS FOR ALL OF THE MESS SHE HAS HAD TO PUT UP WITH FROM OUR 'FAIR & BALANCED' NEWS MEDIA AS OF LATE...
http://twitpic.com/8hvh23

A WEEK AGO...A FALSE HEADLINE CLAIMS THAT THE FIRST LADY BOOSTED LINGERIE SALES WITH ERRONEOUS $50,000 PURCHASE...
http://twitpic.com/8hw0sd

SEE HOW ONE TV NEWS SHOW SPREADS FALSE RUMOR BY JUST ASKING THE QUESTION: DID MICHELLE OBAMA DROP $50,000 ON LINGERIE?

SINCE HER HUSBAND'S ELECTION IN 2008, FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA HAS BEEN A TARGET OF ATTACK BY RIGHT-WING MEDIA...
http://twitpic.com/8hw825

AN AVID BLOGGER CONFRONTS THE TELEGRAPH HEAD ON...

@___Chips___

@heliaebrahimi Your paper apologized for ur Michelle Obama/lingerie story, admits it was untrue. Why did u write it? http://t.co/YzM88szS

10/02/2012 07:33:04 WIB

AROUND TWITTER, TWEETERS VOICED THEIR REACTIONS TO THE TELEGRAPH'S ADMISSION THAT THE NEWSPAPER LIED ABOUT THE FIRST LADY'S PURCHASES OF LINGERIE...

Željan Jean Koler @ZJKoler

The Telegraph Finally Apologized for That Article About Michelle Obama Buying Underwear at Agent Provocateur.

10/02/2012 08:23:11 WIB
NW @nwinbk

I like the "Groveling Apology" in the title...@pbsgwen@@SaraLibby: In a twist nobody could have predicted ... http://t.co/mjbbLBt4

10/02/2012 05:23:32 WIB
John Shmuel @jshmuel

The Telegraph apologizes for making up story about Michelle Obama going on $50,000 shopping spree: http://t.co/Ec8JvuRd via @businessinsider

10/02/2012 05:16:44 WIB
Simon Maloy @SimonMaloy

ATTN every person/outlet that flogged the Michelle Obama lingerie story. It's apology time! http://t.co/wrxR2ucE

10/02/2012 04:14:38 WIB
@bobdobolina

Why did the @Telegraph UK lie about a Michelle Obama "lingerie shopping spree" that never happened? http://t.co/9J146Sf9 @TelegraphNews

10/02/2012 04:00:39 WIB
Marie Bano @mssueme

@OBAMA_CZAR Something tells me you are not hoonest enough to point out the Michelle Obama story was not true http://t.co/SPkE2ZzY

10/02/2012 03:20:02 WIB
Sunny Hundal @sunny_hundal

Telegraph: The "shopping spree" involving Sheikha Moza and Michelle Obama..."in fact never occurred. We apologise..." http://t.co/O7JN01Le

10/02/2012 02:12:36 WIB
Doha News @dohanews

Wow indeed RT @TheStalwart: WOW! Telegraph completely retracts story about Michelle Obama's lingerie shopping spree. http://t.co/zUp7Eo4a

10/02/2012 04:13:21 WIB
THANKFULMAMA @pnuts_mama

WOW! #not RT @TheStalwart: WOW! Telegraph completely retracts story about Michelle Obama's lingerie shopping spree. http://t.co/7JnDJqQw

10/02/2012 03:54:26 WIB
Joe Weisenthal @TheStalwart

WOW! Telegraph completely retracts story about Michelle Obama's lingerie shopping spree. http://t.co/tZxDWKwP

10/02/2012 03:42:33 WIB
Ben Smith @benyt

Kind of amazing that they apologized so heartily to the Sheikha of Qatar, not at all to Michelle Obama http://t.co/ycP6Z5T5

10/02/2012 04:37:27 WIB
Simon Maloy @SimonMaloy

ATTN every person/outlet that flogged the Michelle Obama lingerie story. It's apology time! http://t.co/wrxR2ucE

10/02/2012 04:14:38 WIB
(((Baba Adeptus))) @adept2u

http://t.co/teKGBDUt Will all the people who denigrated our FLOTUS apologize? Will they even mention it?

10/02/2012 04:14:51 WIB
area tweeter @jesseltaylor

Oh, just a little thing: Michelle Obama never went on a shopping spree at Agent Provocateur. http://t.co/VRvoEfJu

10/02/2012 04:09:47 WIB
Carmen Pray @sistagirl2u

The Telegraph Retracts That Michelle Obama Agent Provocateur Shopping Spree Story http://t.co/RahYlahq via @Fashionista_com

10/02/2012 11:40:02 WIB
David Montgomery @dmont1986

@BuzzFeedBen I'm pretty sure, given British libel laws, that apology just reflects who threatened to sue.

10/02/2012 04:40:40 WIB
Betty @missb62

RT @dhmontgomery: @BuzzFeedBen I'm pretty sure, given British libel laws, that apology just reflects who threatened to sue.

10/02/2012 06:19:02 WIB
PragmaticObotsUnite @PragObots

.@politico should feel real dumb right now: Telegraph Retracts Lie About Michelle Obama's Spending Spree http://t.co/fq1gOF4I #p2 #TFY

10/02/2012 20:19:44 WIB
Susanna Forrest @Susanna_Forrest

Er, and Michelle Obama too ! // Her Highness Sheikha Moza – An Apology - Telegraph http://t.co/6FVcNkPS via @Telegraph

11/02/2012 02:17:55 WIB
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