As being reported everywhere, ‘Late Show’ antique David Letterman’s life could be in danger. How do they know this? Because a single commenter on a website said so.
The SITE Institute, a private company that monitors online activity by Muslim extremists, noticed it and alerted Entertainment Weekly, explaining how this forum “gets the most al-Qaida supporters.” Spooky! And so rare for the internet, a platform normally populated with niceties and shows of support.
A terrorism expert from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice explained the implications of such a posting:
It could be a total hoax — and it probably is — but in this world of mass communication, something that seems frivolous can intensify if it gets picked up by the wrong people.
Agreed … they’re called reporters.