Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Another fraud: the "lost Amazon tribe"

Yahoo buzz notes: Even in an age when cynical sleuths can hyper-analyze stories for truth and accuracy, the occasional hoax still slips through the cracks. Such was the case with a so-called "lost Amazon tribe."

A few months ago, mainstream news outlets (including, ahem, Yahoo!) reported that a photographer had found a lost tribe of warriors near the Brazilian-Peruvian border. Photos of the tribe backed up his claim.

As it turns out, the story is only half true. The men in the photo are members of a tribe, but it certainly ain't "lost."

IPBiz asks about the "occasional" hoax. The journal Science published the fraud of Jan-Hendrik Schon, and quickly followed up with the fraud of Hwang Woo Suk. Frauds happen frequently. Then, of course, there's Lesley Stahl and the hot dog hoax.


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