The middle class love their feel-good stories.
And journalists love spewing them because they are cheap and fact-free yarns that are easy to do and no questions asked.
Mark D'Amico, Kate McClure and Johnny Bobbitt were spinning a yarn: McClure ran out of gas, homeless Bobbitt gave her twenty dollars for gas, and she and her boyfriend D’Amico set up a GoFundMe page and netted over $400000.
And a very different picture emerged.
No one bothered to verify any of it, and when you are dealing with a crowdsourcing story, it is extremely important to verify.
It is a sucker circus out there, and the carnivalesque antics I have covered in 2005 in my first book.
This yarn had all of the markings of a typical grifter’s scam.
But journalists are not trained in spotting those feints and ruses.
And I have been fighting for the last two decades to change that.
But it won’t.
And you are left on your own if you want to donate money to shady people who know how to manipulate reporters…