A bit more:

People will lie; they will make mistakes; they will provoke and misrepresent and they will publish before they have complete information. The job of professional journalists is to sift through that. And when we get mad at others for fooling us, we should also be mad at ourselves for fooling our readers.

New York: “Sandy’s Biggest Twitter Troll Apologizes, But Won’t Find Redemption” by Adam Martin:

Of course, reporters should check their sources outside Twitter. And that’s exactly why @comfortablysmug won’t find any allies in the media. As Mashable’s Stephanie Haberman tweets, “I was working FAR too late into the night last night verifying truth from rumor to accept @comfortablysmug’s apology. Sorry I’m not sorry.”

The New York Times: “On Twitter, Sifting Through Falsehoods in Critical Times” by Jenna Wortham:

While people are learning to accept information posted to the social Web with a large grain of salt, they may not be able to distinguish between useful updates and fake ones during a crisis or disaster, which can become dangerous. Bad information might set off an irrational decision that could lead to panic, or worse, put them in harm’s way.

Decision: Clearly, @ComfortablySmug is in the wrong. He’s also not a journalist. Those of you who are and who put unverified information out into the world— prizing speed over accuracy and retweeting over reporting—are the losers here.

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Sara Morrison is a former assistant editor at CJR. Follow her on Twitter @saramorrison.