The Media Circus covering Kile Glover’s tragic accident while tubing on Lake Lanier on July 6th has been filled with distortions.
One website starts a rumor and a thousand others quote it as the truth, without attributing the “facts” to a verifiable source.
That’s not news reporting, it’s rumor mongering.
Today, July 16th, the rumor mill is abuzz about how the boy’s mother, Tameka Foster, might be “forced to pull the plug” on her son because she cannot afford the enormous cost of keeping him alive.
One unnamed “source” says insurance will run out in a month, one source says it will run out “in a matter of months,” and another says the insurance coverage is for “a finite amount of time.”
Does LakeLanier.com know how long the child’s insurance will last? No.
Do we believe other sources know how long it will last? No.
Take, for example, this quote from NewYorkDailyNews.com:
“At present, sources tell TMZ that though Foster’s insurance company hasn’t specified when they’ll stop covering Glover’s medical bills, the outlook is bleak – they will likely shell out coverage for a few more months at most. If Foster is unable to continue paying for Glover’s life support, then she will be forced to pull the plug.”
Are these facts? Is this the truth? Or is this blowing things out of proportion?
I am a professional writer. I am paid to conceive, research, write, edit and post stories on the Internet. If I don’t post stories, I don’t get paid.
Some writers who are paid to write are willing to reprint, exaggerate or create any statement that might be believed to be factual in order to file a story.
If you think that “they couldn’t put it on the Internet if it weren’t true,” I have a bridge I’d like to sell you. I’ll even name the bridge after you, for an additional cost.
When you read items, such as the quote from NYDailyNews.com, look for what it says … and look for what it doesn’t say.
Don’t let the Media Circus fool you into believing what they say might be “possible” is a fact. Don’t be mislead by their distortions and innuendo.
Your guesses are as good as theirs. Probably better.
Finally, an article written that makes sense. Thank you Robert for helping the “ill-informed” sort out the rumors. It is tiring to see certain media outlets report bogus stories and “facts” that are indeed untruths. I’ll be tuning in for more of your fair and unbiased coverage. Keep up the good work!
Pingback: An Open Letter to Tameka, Ryan & Usher | Lake Lanier
it is a few days later and she did have to pull the plug. So, rumors albeit, they were right about one thing.. which is, “She was forced to pull the plug soom” …
I meant “soon”..
My heart does go out to these parents and Kile’s family. I can not imagine having to make such a choice. May God be with Usher, Kile’s mother, Kile’s father -Mr. Glover and the rest of their famiy.