Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Gossip Girls

Timex Social Club once asked, "How do rumors get started?" That was back in 1986, it actually took work to spread a rumor, but now all you need is an internet connection and you can have something out there in a few short minutes. I like to think I've struck a nerve with the rumor sites and they feel the need to ratchet up their lies in retaliation, but in reality, the last few weeks have seen a lot of big stories and it's given us a perfect storm of internet bullshit.

What's the latest unfounded rumor? That Rey Mysterio has given his notice and is quitting WWE. What's great about this story is that even the dirtsheets are specifying that this story is "strictly a rumor" and should be "taken with a grain of salt." When you see that kind of disclaimer from these paragons of journalism, it's a safe bet that it's 100% untrue.

Another great internet rumor going around is one that seems to have popped up every other month for the last seven years, Vince McMahon is "crazier than usual!" Who's copy & pasting this one?

WrestlingInc.com:
"by" Ryan Clark
Vince McMahon has been more on edge as of late than he has been in the past. It is being said that he is even more hyper or "insane" than usual, thus making it a rough time to be a member of the WWE staff. He has been changing his mind on issues very frequently and frantically.

Rajah.com: "by" Daniel Pena
Vince McMahon has been more on edge as of late than he has been in the past. It is being said that he is even more hyper or "insane" than usual, thus making it a rough time to be a member of the WWE staff. He has been changing his mind on issues very frequently and frantically.

twnpnews.com: "by" Brian Matthews
Vince McMahon has been more on edge as of late than he has been in the past. It is being said that he is even more hyper or "insane" than usual, thus making it a rough time to be a member of the WWE staff. He has been changing his mind on issues very frequently and frantically.

And finally, these last two are slightly different, they removed the word "McMahon" and the line about being "on edge as of late." I guess this is what constitutes for putting something in your own words for wrestling "journalists?"

NoDQ.com: "by" Chris Kaufman
Vince is said to be even more hyper or “insane” than usual and it’s a very tough time to be a member of the WWE staff. Vince is said to be more short-tempered than usual and is changing his mind on issues very frequently and frantically.

pwheadlines.com - "reported by" Patrick W. Boucher (not just by, he REPORTED it!)
Vince is said to be even more hyper or “insane” than usual and it’s a very tough time to be a member of the WWE staff. Vince is said to be more short-tempered than usual and is changing his mind on issues very frequently and frantically.


If you can stomach it, click on those links and read the rest of the story, it reads like it was written by a junior high student. This has been a favorite topic of discussion here and on Kick-Out!! Radio, but exposing these sites for what they are is really like shooting fish in a barrel. Just more tabloid hackery from people with no inside sources, no actual knowledge, just the ability to copy and paste. If these sites weren't getting hits, it would be no big deal and they could just be ignored, but between just these five, we're probably looking at thousands upon thousands of page views. I will give NoDQ a bit of a pass, they do a lot of original work on that site, but that doesn't excuse the copy and pasting in their news "reporting."

I hate to sound like a broken record here, but if you ever want the internet wrestling community to be taken seriously by those within the business, you have to demand a better wrestling media. Don't believe everything you read and keep your eyes peeled for plagiarism.

7 comments:

  1. 99% of what's out there is copied from another source in some shape way or form, however these little items do come in handy for e-feds.

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  2. Well played. Keep shining a light on these frauds.

    By the way, there might be something to the Mysterio chatter, according to the new Observer, but actual intel is sketchy.

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  3. Even a broken clock is right twice a day, so maybe there is something to it. What's amusing to me is that this is the story they're all being careful with and specifying that it's *strictly* a rumor, when that usually doesn't stop them from spreading all kinds of lies.

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  4. I heard an interesting rumor from my source in WWE (I don't want to mention names, but it rhymes with "Bat Batterson") that Vince McMahon has been more on edge of late than he has been in the past. It is being said (by "Bat Batterson") that he is even more hyper and "insane" than usual, making it a rough time to be a member of the WWE staff. He has been changing his mind on issues very frequently and frantically. Also he eats babies.

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