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...

A WEEK AGO...A FALSE HEADLINE CLAIMS THAT THE FIRST LADY BOOSTED LINGERIE SALES WITH ERRONEOUS $50,000 PURCHASE...

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...

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

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.
nwhitsett @nicolewhitsett
I like the "Groveling Apology" in the title...@pbsgwen@@SaraLibby: In a twist nobody could have predicted ... http://t.co/mjbbLBt4
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
Simon Maloy @SimonMaloy
ATTN every person/outlet that flogged the Michelle Obama lingerie story. It's apology time! http://t.co/wrxR2ucE
@bobdobolina
Why did the @Telegraph UK lie about a Michelle Obama "lingerie shopping spree" that never happened? http://t.co/9J146Sf9 @TelegraphNews
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
Sunny Hundal @sunny_hundal
Telegraph: The "shopping spree" involving Sheikha Moza and Michelle Obama..."in fact never occurred. We apologise..." http://t.co/O7JN01Le
Doha News @dohanews
Wow indeed RT @TheStalwart: WOW! Telegraph completely retracts story about Michelle Obama's lingerie shopping spree. http://t.co/zUp7Eo4a
thankfulmama @pnuts_mama
WOW! #not RT @TheStalwart: WOW! Telegraph completely retracts story about Michelle Obama's lingerie shopping spree. http://t.co/7JnDJqQw
Joe Weisenthal @TheStalwart
WOW! Telegraph completely retracts story about Michelle Obama's lingerie shopping spree. http://t.co/tZxDWKwP
Ben Smith @BuzzFeedBen
Kind of amazing that they apologized so heartily to the Sheikha of Qatar, not at all to Michelle Obama http://t.co/ycP6Z5T5
Simon Maloy @SimonMaloy
ATTN every person/outlet that flogged the Michelle Obama lingerie story. It's apology time! http://t.co/wrxR2ucE
(((Baba Adeptus))) @adept2u
http://t.co/teKGBDUt Will all the people who denigrated our FLOTUS apologize? Will they even mention it?
ric flair drippini @jesseltaylor
Oh, just a little thing: Michelle Obama never went on a shopping spree at Agent Provocateur. http://t.co/VRvoEfJu
Carmen Pray @sistagirl2u
The Telegraph Retracts That Michelle Obama Agent Provocateur Shopping Spree Story http://t.co/RahYlahq via @Fashionista_com
David Montgomery @dmont1986
@BuzzFeedBen I'm pretty sure, given British libel laws, that apology just reflects who threatened to sue.
Betty @missb62
RT @dhmontgomery: @BuzzFeedBen I'm pretty sure, given British libel laws, that apology just reflects who threatened to sue.
Minute By Minute @PupsherLive
@adept2u Better yet, send Drudge a boat load of panties. #payback
PragmaticObotsUnite @PragObots
.@politico should feel real dumb right now: Telegraph Retracts Lie About Michelle Obama's Spending Spree http://t.co/fq1gOF4I #p2 #TFY
Susanna Forrest @Susanna_Forrest
Er, and Michelle Obama too ! // Her Highness Sheikha Moza – An Apology - Telegraph http://t.co/6FVcNkPS via @Telegraph
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