Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Capron reports email spam as fact

This morning, Jay Capron reported that cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketers. We must assume that he learned this information from some email spam that he received, since no reputable news sources were reporting it. And thanks to the marvel of recorded newscasts, he repeated it for hours before finally confessing his error at noon. (Of course, he tried to mitigate his mistake by invoking the "only trying to protect our listeners" defense.)

He must have some really slow email, because this rumor has been circulating (with revised dates) for at least five years.

Oh, well, at least now he knows that he's qualified to work at the Morris Herald if he loses the radio gig.

links:
Federal Trade Commission
snopes.com

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8 Comments:

Anonymous horno, the eighth dwarf said...

The phone no. disseminated will certainly get your cell phone on a telemarketer's list, at the very least. There's one born every minute...

7:17 AM, January 28, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Things must be REAL slow at skeptical. Your first post in 6 months and this is what you come up with?

At least he admitted the mistake. Compared to the paper, Capron is like Tom Brokaw. They don't even have papers on Monday anymore!

Maybe your next post (6 months from now) will dig "deep" into another misprint about flight elevation.

...this used to be an interesting blog...

8:05 AM, January 28, 2009  
Blogger skepticalmorris said...

call me Rip Van Skeptical

10:51 AM, January 28, 2009  
Anonymous horno, the eighth dwarf said...

Welcome back, Rip!!!!! Any thoughts on the TIF bandwagon in Gardner and Coal City? What do taxpayers need to know?

7:09 AM, January 29, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, so I've commented twice to this worthless drivel and it's in regard to the same thing: You do not know or have all the facts before you post! The very thing you're critical of on this site.

There's a line about you know what you do when you assume!

But I understand if that's all you can do!

Feel free to call the radio station at 941-1000 to find out the rest of the story. And by the way, you can assume the 815 area code since that's what you're best at.

8:45 AM, January 29, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with 8:05.

4:14 PM, January 30, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back in prehistoric times, I was taught in third grade that a news article should include facts such as who, what, where, when and how.
Did I miss something in the MDH article:
"County needs courthouse office space
By Patrick Graziano
Herald Managing Editor
Thursday, February 12, 2009 11:40 AM CST" ?

Where are these offices located now?

8:24 AM, February 14, 2009  
Anonymous homer said...

boring

9:13 AM, February 15, 2009  

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