“Believe everything on the Internet,” said every imposter ever. Be careful of what you read; just because you see a source on a website that is not “The Onion” or “Faux News” table does not necessarily mean that it is a trustworthy source.
Incorrect information has become a commonality. Remember when we thought Justin Bieber had cancer, or that Celine Dion had been killed in a plane or car crash in April 2012? Even more recently, the creator of Flappy Bird was said to have committed suicide for his frustration of the game, and the technician in Russia who had a couple of malfunctions at the opening ceremonies was reported killed. Both stories were false.
The website Dailycurrant.com published one of those stories and is now joining the ranks of Huzlers.com and Theonion.com. These websites are sites that make people feel good about their suspicions. While it is always heartwarming to hear Blake Griffin smacked Justin Bieber upside the head, we have to know the story is made up when found on Huzlers.
Just because it is on a trusted news site does not mean that the whole truth is being said. NBC, while covering the Opening Ceremonies for the Sochi Olympics, cut a majority of the president of the Olympics, Thomas Bach, speech out. They removed the following:
Now you are living in an Olympic Region. I am sure you will enjoy the benefits for many, many years to come. Thousands of volunteers have welcomed us with the well-known warm Russian hospitality. Many thanks to all the wonderful volunteers. Bolshoi spasiba, valantyoram! Thank you very much to everyone. Russia and the Russians have set the stage for you, the best winter athletes on our planet. From this moment on you are not only the best athletes, you are Olympic athletes. You will inspire us with your outstanding sports performances. You have come here for sports. You have come here with your Olympic dream.
The International Olympic Committee wants your Olympic dream to come true. This is why we are investing almost all of our revenues in the development of sports. The universal Olympic rules apply to each and every athlete — no matter where you come from or what your background is. You are living together in the Olympic village. You will celebrate victory with dignity and accept defeat with dignity. You are bringing the Olympic values to life. In this way, the Olympic Games, wherever they take place, set an example for a peaceful society. Olympic sport unites people. This is the Olympic message the athletes spread to the host country and to the whole world. Yes, it is possible to strive even for the greatest victory with respect for the dignity of your competitors. Yes, Yes, it is possible – even as competitors – to live together under one roof in harmony, with tolerance and without any form of discrimination for whatever reason. Yes, it is possible — even as competitors — to listen, to understand and to give an example for a peaceful society.
This was removed because it spoke out against the discrimination that is occurring in Russia. They wanted to make it seem like everything was great.
A word of advice: when hearing news that is too good to be true, like Clay Aiken joining the cast of Duck Dynasty or a short speech by the president, read and watch with caution.