How To Start A Rumor: A Primer by Tamara Tattles
Step One: Be a website that loves to make things up to attract readers. (Rhymes with Gaydar O’Mine)
Step Two: Choose a topic currently trending, or if possible combine two ( Yolanda Hadid and The People v OJ Simpson)
Step Three: Think of something that would create a stir. (David Foster dating Selma Blair, the woman who plays Yolanda’s role model, Kris Jenner, on The People v OJ Simpson)
Step Four: Choose a location. (Craigs in Beverly Hills, because doesn’t everyone eventually go there? Seems plausible.)
Step Five: Write the story. Throw in another trending celebrity for extra drawing power. (Let’s say Caitlyn Jenner was there too! Her season just started. She’s getting a lot of search engine hits at the moment. Caitlyn Jenner! Caitlyn Jenner!)
Step Six: Wait for other sites to steal material, you know just like you do. (Other site says source says, “It’s definitely a date!” No one will question why a source only had four words to say on the subject. It’s confirmation from an imaginary source. )
Step Seven: Sit back and wait for the page views as major publications with a limited history of fact checking cite you as the source.
Step Eight: Be a website that likes to make things up…
People are asking me if this is true. How would I know? If you want my opinion, then the steps above should be a clue. I took a look at the rumor and made my determination.
How to Determine The Likelihood a Rumor Is True: A Primer By Tamara Tattles
Edited: I should have mentioned that the real Step One is DETERMINE THE SOURCE. When the rumor was sent to me, it was with a link to a site I like. They cited the site with the “It’s totally a date!” source. That was also not the source. But by working back through links and a Google search, the date of the original story and site of origin was discovered.
Step One: Consider the source. (History of Theft of Intellectual Property, History of False Stories, Appears to Churn Things Out At Uniform Rate Rather Than Rate Relative to Ebb of Flow on Gossip. Conclusion: Source is unreliable) Generally investigation stops with that outcome.
Step Two: Attempt to find corroboration. Craig’s is a paparazzi hotbed where celebs go to be photographed. Look for photos. Check TMZ, Paparazzi sites. Nothing? Not one pap caught a photo of David Foster, Selma Blair and Caitlyn Jenner all converging at Craig’s on a Tuesday night? Caitlyn Jenner alone can’t go to a Starbucks Drive Thru in Topeka without getting papped. Add in David Foster, who loves a camera almost as much as his estranged wife and Selma Blair? Nothing? The chance of this is infinitesimal.
Step Three: Really? Why do you need a third check? Fine check out David Foster, Selma Blair and Caitlyn Jenner on Instagram. Nothing? Well where were they?
David Foster was on a plane his way to Jakarta within hours of this supposed dinner, and possibly at that very time. It’s hard to say because he is in the air, so his Instagram time could be affected by his location. The flight to Jakarta is at the very low end of estimates 20 hours. He has been in Jakarta for the Java Jazz Fest this past weekend.
Selma Blair, who is a single mother, was playing at home with her son earlier in the day.
Caitlyn Jenner Instagrammed during dinner time about her new locker the female changing room at her golf course with a photo of her new locker.
Conclusion: The rumor is quite likely fabricated. There is nothing out there that proves this is a lie either. But, that is the key of a good made up rumor. Isn’t it?