Matthew Mills’s story is great example of how the urgency of getting the story out sometimes can compromise the validity behind the story. Matthew Mills, or the 9/11 truther, interrupted the post super-bowl conference to tell the world that 9/11 was perpetrated by the US Government. In an attempt to get the story out as fast as possible, news media outlets found another guy with the same name who pretended to be the truther. Because the news outlets never did any background checks on this new Matthew Mills, he was able to go on air and “perform” as the truther. This not only brings up the question of legitimacy of the media but also the lack of responsibility taking of the media outlets; instead of being ashamed of their weak research team, the producer of WCCO Minneapolis got furious at Matthew Mills for for “punking” them. Media, as this Matthew Mills describes, confirmed the low opinion their audiences had of them.
You Got Punked