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Journalism 101: confirm the rumour then tweet…

There’s a reason they call Australian broadcaster Derryn Hinch the Human Headline. It’s tweets like this:

Hinch on whitlam

Unsurprisingly such a statement coming from a journalist, such as Hinch, quickly started to spread on social media.

But it also didn’t take long for the rumour to be quashed. The Australian’s Troy Bramston rang former Prime Minister Whitlam’s office and tweeted within 10 minutes of Hinch’s pronouncement:

Troy Bramston

Hinch later withdrew his tweet:


But perhaps only because news.com.au also told him he was wrong… News.com


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