News Fail: The Year's Most Misunderstood Stories
Time to stop blaming Jay
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 31, 2010 1:31 PM CST
FILE - In this May 29, 2009 file photo provided by NBC, Conan O'Brien interviewed by Jay Leno during Leno's final taping as host of The Tonight Show in Burbank, Calif.   (AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater)

(Newser) – This year, we hated Jay, pitied Mark Zuckerberg, and were sure the Tea Partiers were insane. But we were wrong, says Cracked. Some accepted myths, followed by the truth:

  • Jay Leno stole Conan's job. Actually, “Leno had nearly nothing to do with Conan getting fired.” It all came down to contracts—and Conan’s didn’t have a time-slot guarantee, something Leno and Letterman are careful to keep.

  • The Tea Partiers are a bunch of nutjobs. In fact, most of them are just regular people—but that wouldn’t really sell in the media. So the press made them look crazy, thus rendering “constructive political discourse impossible.”
  • The Social Network made Mark Zuckerberg look like a jerk—“probably unfairly.” The movie really made Zuckerberg look like the height of cool, and “if the movie's version of the truth is irresponsible in any direction, it's for letting the real Zuckerberg off too easily.”
Read six more misunderstood stories at Cracked.

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tman3220
Jan 1, 2011 11:05 AM CST
Too bad us right wing nut jobs are gonna be running the country again in a couple years cause you left wing nut jobs couldn't even keep one single campaign promise. Send Obama back to Chicago.
tman3220
Jan 1, 2011 11:01 AM CST
LOL. I'M A CONSERVATIVE RIGHT WINGER SO I'M NOT COMMENTING ABOUT THESE STORIES, BUT I WANT TO KNOW, DID NEWSER STEAL THIS FROM A USER, OR DID THE USER STEAL THIS FROM NEWSER. BECAUSE NEWSER BY USERS HAS AN ALMOST IDENTICAL STORY! WHATS UP?
janbee
Jan 1, 2011 10:38 AM CST
This whole story is quite laughable, and pathetic altogether. Decades of TV Generations of people incapable of reading news stories and first comprehending and attempting to understand the nuances between facts and opinion. Likewise Liberals and Conservatives need celebrities like Limbaugh or Oberman to interpret political discussion for them. If you wanted to know any of the "News Goodies" you just need to sitdown and decipher this for yourself, w/o all the sidebar conversation. Conan/Leno: NBC made a programming mistake and Leno and O'Brien both took the fall. 4Chan: 11 yo and her family became latest victim of Cyber-Attack, the father did what almost any father would've done under these extreme circumstances. What 4Chan may or may not have done is not the true story. It's reminds us the dangers that not only are people Cyber-Bullied everyday on the internet -- it can also follow you to your physical door-step. Which leads me to the next story. Zuckerberg and FB a/k/a The Social Network Glad I downloaded this movie instead of paying big bucks to see it in a theater. How anyone would come away from this movie believing that "Zuck" started FB b/c of a women has some learning disability. How do you not come away believing that "Zuck" is socially unfit, had little friends or use for them, besides personal gain. FB is little more than a destructive tool against any form of intimacy -- something that Zuckerberg himself obviously has no value for. For evidence look at the current "Updated Profile Display".... FB has become the "New Government" has control over your vital information and has a privacy record that reads more like a terrorist organization. Last year I was told by a client to fire someone not for negative comments about their product, but b/c of a comment period. It's young people mostly that will write what they consider innocent things on FB -- pour their hearts and souls out and in the end -- create leverage for someone else like Zuckerberg to crush them. These were not misunderstood stories -- just a new spin -- readers need to learn how to read.