The United States has grown numb to the barrage of false claims, quotes, and stories that the media throws at us each night. Sadly, today’s news from Russia reminds us that we’re not the only country that falls for the media’s tricks. Russian news anchor, Ms. Remi Maalouf, of Russia Today had some twitter fans hooked with her false quote from President Vladimir Putin.
Remi pulled the quote via Facebook with Putin saying, “To forgive the terrorists is up to God, but to send them to him is up to me.” The quote was supposed to be showing Putin’s stance on ISIS terrorists in the aftermath of the Paris attacks. Naturally, the quote went viral in an instant, collecting a great deal of praise for Putin and his strong position on terrorism. It most certainly sounds like something Putin would say. After all, he is known for dramatic quotes of power. Nevertheless, in a short time Maalouf pulled the tweet and posted a lackluster apology on twitter saying the quote was in fact false.
Remi seems to share a similar outlook on journalism as our anchors here in the states. There never seems to be a genuine thought behind these eager journalists. The idea of collecting reliable sources has been thrown out the window in recent years. No matter the repercussion, their only worry is to only find something that will pop and catch people on twitter.
It will be interesting to see how quickly this anchor is forgotten. Of course, Russia’s television is a bit more censored than ours. But, if she is anything like our Brian Williams, she’ll likely take a vacation and be back to it in no time.