UPDATE - AS AT 8.07PM Sydney/Melb time the false report based on a parody twitter comedian's fabrication remains on the former journals of record Fairfax infotainment, comment and barrackers websites uncorrected and our requests for a comment and correction from Fairfax have gone unanswered.
I went to a lot of trouble to get an accurate time clock on the same screen as the newly opened current version of the Fairfax false story. I did that because I think it's important to hold Fairfax to account. I thought that with every passing minute the consequences for the author, editors and publisher would get more and more serious. I've just realised what a clown I've been. They know, they've seen my notes. They simply don't care.
So on Fairfax's behalf to Fairfax readers who value accuracy - from Fairfax to you - UP YOURS, GET KNOTTED, NEITHER YOU NOR ACCURACY MATTER, WE'LL PUBLISH WHAT SUITS OUR AGENDA.
Kudos to https://twitter.com/DHughesy whose tweet tipped me to this story
From the smh.com.au website, still there uncorrected.
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Fairfax journalists are as hard to get as a packet of Rothmans when it comes to being duped into reporting an anti-trump fantasy.
One of the big stories of the day was the irrelevance of the main stream media with its tribal barrackers paid as journalists. As if to prove the point, The Age zeroed in on this single tweet from the account of Simon Rowntree, twitter handle @sRowntreeNews
I am at a Trump rally in Manhattan, and thousands are chanting "We hate Muslims, we hate blacks, we want our great country back". Disgusting— Simon Rowntree (@SRowntreeNews) November 9, 2016
That's it. That's the source, including the crowd extending into the thousands. Yes, thousands of them. Seen by precisely no one because they did not exist.
One second on Google would have delivered The Age these insights.
Maybe they did read it and still published their bullshit story because it suits them. They still owe an apology to President Trump, the millions who voted for him - and last but not least the remaining few dozen readers they retain.
FURTHER UPDATE - had Fairfax followed the string of Mr Rowntree's contributions to it front pages it would have had this range of reportage to further bolster its bullshitter credentials.