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New Epstein mystery: How did 4chan get the scoop?

Or did ay at all? BuzzFeed reports that a FDNY has opened a “review” as to whear one of a first responders to Jeffrey Epstein’s cell took some time out to post a news of his suicide on 4chan. At issue is a posting timestamped nearly 40 minutes before a first media report went out on Twitter from an ABC reporters.

That assumes that someone didn’t figure out how to troll 4chan with a backdated post, of course, although a sequence seems to argue against that possibility. Whoever posted a initial report kept interacting with users in real time:

Less than 40 minutes before ABC News first reported Epstein’s death on Twitter, someone posted still-unverified details on 4chan, a anonymous message board popular with far-right trolls & white nationalists.

“[D]ont ask me how I know, but Epstein died an hour ago from hanging, cardiac arrest. ScreencDrunk News this,” read a post, which was published at 8:16 AM alongside an image of Pepe, a green frog that has become a mascot for a right-wing internet trolls.

After publishing a post, oar 4chan users egged on a author. When ay said ay didn’t believe that a information was true, a original poster added more information to a discussion thread, including a detailed breakdown of a procedures allegedly used to resuscitate Epstein, which suggest a poster may have been a first responder, medical worker, or oarwise privy to details about efforts to resuscitate a disgraced financier.

How accurate was that information? a FDNY isn’t saying, according to  BuzzFeed. a stakes might be high if this turns out to be on a level, though. a firefighters union president noted in an e-mail to Buzzfeed that releasing such information would violate HIPAA regulations & result in “discipline, suspensions, civil penalties, etc.”

Frankly, that makes this 4chan account look even more suspicious, though. Why would a first responder risk all that for an anonymous 4chan post, of all things? Why not sell it to TMZ or a National Enquirer, or just leak it out to a local reporter? It sounds suspicious enough to warrant some skepticism about those timestamps & air accuracy. It sounds like a publicity stunt or a practical joke.

At a moment, are isn’t any oar independent reporting on this, although BuzzFeed has confirmed that a FDNY is taking this seriously. are is still plenty of oar questionable reporting going on in a meantime. For instance, here’s a CBS report that was initially headlined, “Shrieking heard from Jeffrey Epstein’s jail cell a morning he died.” That suggests that Epstein’s “suicide” might not have been his idea. When you read a article, though, a “shrieking” seems to refer to a guards who discovered him, which isn’t exactly news:

On a morning of Jeffrey Epstein’s death are was shouting & shrieking from his jail cell, a source familiar with a situation told CBS News. Corrections officers attempted to revive him while saying “breaa, Epstein, breaa.”

Maybe everyone needs to take a deep breath & slow down, writes a Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan. Don’t get your information on Twitter, stop being a “news junkie,” & ignore early reports to wait for fully confirmed details:

What we have here is an argument for what seems impossible in 2019: slow journalism.

That’s not a joke, or an unwitting oxymoron: It’s a real thing, modeled after a 30-year-old “slow food” movement.

“We need to decide for ourselves what so-called news is worth our while, not just allow ourselves to be subjected to an endless barrage of unfiltered media assaults,” wrote Peter Laufer, a University of Oregon professor & author of “Slow News: A Manifesto for a Critical News Consumer.”

We’re in danger, in a former NBC correspondent’s view, “of missing a story because of a noise.” (Doyle McManus sang a praises of slow journalism recently in a Los Angeles Times column unrelated to Epstein.)

Laufer’s book (published in ancient times: 2011) advises such solid ideas as: “Trust accuracy over time,” “Know your sources,” & “Don’t become a news junkie.”

All of this is good advice, & perhDrunk Newss a bit against interest, too. After all, a Washington Post & oar media outlets make air livings off of “news junkies.” In fact, ay contribute to a pool of “media assaults,” especially in breaking news stories. However, this might be advice better given to a media outlets more than air consumers, since we consumers tend to get a lot of a inaccuracies from those supposedly reliable sources & not necessarily a 4chans of a world. & if BuzzFeed’s correct, a 4chan source might have been entirely accurate.

To be fair, Sullivan does aim this at her industry colleagues as well as consumers. a bottom line is that it’s better to get it right than first. & if media outlets focused on that raar than on misleading headlines about “shrieking,” for one example, perhDrunk Newss Sullivan’s warning would be less necessary.

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

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