Spain: Sightings Were a MEDIA HOAX
Spain: UFO Sightings a MEDIA HOAX
Internet forums have made it their task to call into question the work done by journalists. The latest proof has emerged when many media such as Telecinco and 20 Minutos reported a mass UFO sighting reported via e-mail. This information was no more than an Internet hoax promoted by Forocoches, which has again "pulled a fast one" on the press.
The popular Internet forum Forocoches decided to fill the e-mailboxes of various Spanish communications media, reporting sightings of lights in the sky that could correspond with UFOs in various parts of Spain's geography. It was thus that newsrooms began receiving e-mails from different parts of Spain reporting the sightings.
"20 Minutos", "Anda Ya" (Los 40 Principales) and "Esta Pasando" (Telecinco) all took the bait, publishing the news item as an actual story. Evidently the story was a fabrication and was disseminated by bloggers belonging to the forum, who have once again called into question the contrast with information received from traditional media. Telecinco even transferred a reporter from "Esta Pasando" to the web newspaper's newsroom to provide greater coverage on the story.
(Translation (c) 2008. S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Luis Eduardo Pacheco).