Guess if you can’t beat ’em, you join ’em, right? Despite complaints of the “fake news” term, especially by the media, various outlets are still getting caught red-handed doing exactly that.
Elle Magazine is facing backlash today for posting news on their official Twitter account that Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were breaking up. All well and good except for two problems.
1. The story isn’t true. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are not breaking up and the couple immediately condemned the Tweet.
2. The link on the Elle Magazine tweet did not lead to any story about the potential separation of the power couple, but to a voter registration site which urged the magazine’s 6.8 million followers to vote for women in politics.
The deceptive practice was immediately condemned by many saying the action gave journalists a bad name. Others labeled it as a trashy move or simple “click bait”.
Once again though, we just have to say, if you need a magazine or potential celebrity gossip to sway your November vote, you’ve got bigger issues to deal with…
Elle No, We Won’t Go! Elle No, We Won’t Go!