by Tom Kington
Tommaso De Benedetti faked the identities of world leaders and fooled editors into publishing false stories
First it was the death of the pope – tweeted to the world from an account that belonged to the holy father’s number two. Later came tweets announcing the deaths of Fidel Castro and Pedro Almodóvar.
The tweets flew around the rumour mill of social media. All, however, were hoaxes, the work of Tommaso De Benedetti, one of the world’s most creative and successful fake tweeters.
Continue reading “Twitter hoaxer comes clean and says: I did it to expose weak media”
Lies are a universal phenomenon. We see them appear everywhere, from highest ranks of the state to most banal tabloids. In politics, as much as in the arts, the lie has become an art in itself, one that is maintained and refined as time goes by.
In the podcast series Histoire du mensonge, Xavier Mauduit discusses the (hi)story of lies in politics, art and daily life.
by Simon Truwant, in VRT-news
It was a welcome and interesting change. During the first weeks of the corona crisis, all of the sudden scientists were once again a beacon of authority doubted by almost no-one, and tv news was followed much more faithfully than it had been for a long time. But it was also a short-lived change, since the start of the debate about exit strategies also meant the end of this renewed trust. And thus we not only succumbed to old economic and consumer habits, but our understanding of truth also swung back and forth between the old and the new normal.
Continue reading “The corona crisis debunks the ‘post-truth society’”
Anyone looking for clues to the real Rachel Dolezal would do well to begin with her birth certificate. In the bottom right-hand corner, under the names of the parents who brought her world crashing down by outing her as a white woman masquerading as black, is a box for the identity of the medic who delivered her as a baby. In it is written “Jesus Christ”.
Continue reading “White Woman Masquerading as Black”
A historian of fascism and political atrocity on Trump, the mob and what comes next.
Continue reading “The American Abyss”
John Myatt was responsible for the biggest art con of the 20th century, and ended up going to jail for it. Now his story is being turned into a Hollywood movie – and a prestigious gallery is showing his ‘genuine fakes’.
Continue reading “The Master Forger”
In Forbidden Lies, filmmaker Anna Broinowski investigates the case of Norma Khouri Bagain, a Jordanian woman who wrote the best selling Forbidden Love, a supposedly nonfiction book about an ‘honor killing’ that allegedly took place in Amman. Forbidden Love book was interpreted by many Jordanians, including prominent women, as an misrepresentation of Islam. As the book’s errors and impossibilities were pointed out, Khouri’s story and reputation began to fall apart.
Stéphane Bourgoin, whose books about murderers have sold millions, says he invented much of his experience, including training with FBI.
Continue reading “French serial-killer expert admits serial lies, including murder of imaginary wife”
Hans Schwerte, an authority on literary history who admitted in 1995 that under another name he had been an SS officer, died on Dec. 18 in a retirement home in Marquartstein, Germany. He was 90. His death was announced by the Aachen Technical University.
Continue reading “Hans Schwerte, 90, Ex-SS Man Who Hid Identity”