Journalist writes entire story from quotes found on twitter

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Friday, 23 March 2012

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The shadowy world of tabloid journalism

A journalist has caused controversy by writing an article entirely made up of quotes found on twitter and other Internet forums.

The journalist, who cannot be named because it is not in the public interest, recently tweeted "Well that's another 400 words tossed off before lunch - Investigative journalism at its finest. LOL!"

Reactions from the blogosphere were mixed:

BumPiddle47 railed against perceived unfairness - "This is political correctness gone mad! if the hack in question was black, or gay, or a horse, or a woman, or Muslim, then nobody would say anything, but because he's a fat white bloke from Essex that makes it okay does it?"

Whilst Trophywife12 commented "Personally, this is one of the worst examples of lazy journalism I've seen in a long while. I blame Levinson!"

The enquiry into journalistic ethics has put the shadowy world of tabloid journalism into the spotlight, with many celebrities calling for tighter regulation of the press. On his blog Sir Micheal Super-Injunction-Smyth complained : "I'm all for freedom of speech, but my private life should be kept private! if I want to sodomise Thai Ladyboys in a public park, or squirrel away public money into an off-shore tax haven, that is my business and no one elses!"

Meanwhile, On his London FM breakfast show, presenter and former tabloid hack, Mick lamborghini, bemoaned the loss of a great tabloid tradition - "once upon a time, you could just make up any old pack of lies and pass them off as fact. It was far more creative! Now, one just has to reprint a load of Ricky Gervais tweets and pad it out with a few quotes from Wikipedia! Cut. Paste. Cut. Paste. Done."

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