David Cohn, serial entrepreneur and founder of journalism startup Circa, to Poynter. A cites fake images circulated in the wake of Hurricane Sandy last year as an example. The Atlantic did some stellar work then, debunking doctored photos.
Fake images, twitter accounts and rumors accompany almost every major news story by now. Seeing how fast news spins, they can be transported widely and take hold in peoples’ minds. Cohn has a point in saying journalists shouldn’t just ignore false alarms, they should actively spread the word about what’s fake along with what’s real.
Nicholas Carr in a 2008 column, as quoted by Jay Rosen, who adds:
"That’s a power shift. And it leads directly to: Sources said the website (AllThingsD) is receiving a lot of “inbound interest” from potential buyers…”