Is MainStream Media (MSM) turning into The Onion, the parody news website? Judging from a recent story, it looks like it.
Recently, a mother with her three children, who were in an Ikea store, claimed that she was being stalked by human traffickers.
The story has gone viral, exploding across the internet like an inbound meteor that breaks into pieces once it hits the earth’s atmosphere.
There was no evidence that the guys nearby were human traffickers. Nor was there any evidence that this mother and her children were being stalked.
Still, this story is receiving lots of media attention.
The fact that this story is even getting so much media attention seems to prove a few things:
1) MainStream Media (MSM) is fake news
2) A woman can get media attention for something that is based on her overactive imagination
This sets a dangerous precedent, for future news stories that are zero-evidence-based to garner media attention. If anyone wants to get more likes and followers on social media sites such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, just make up a story, call the TV station, and get yourself some coverage. Will this be the PR (Public Relations) for the future?
The Daily Mail offered a more balanced headline with “Lucky to escape human traffickers … or jumping at shadows? Mom goes viral with harrowing tale of “how her children were targeted by human traffickers in IKEA”.
What does the Mom have to gain out of making up such a story? Attention, and lots of it. Maybe a possible book deal, made-for-TV movie deal, or actual movie deal option down the road. In this day and age, attention is currency, as it’s a valuable commodity that opens doors for future earnings (book deals, TV deals, movie deals, gained social media followers that can translate to sponsored ads).
Perhaps this is the PR (Public Relations) of the future–stories based on overactive imaginations, false narratives, and with media giving the “victim” a free ride and lots of press.