Nigeria: Fake News Is Big Business

In those days at Guardian Newspapers, Rutam House, if reporter was lucky to have his story on the front page of the paper, he perhaps had to look it well to confirm it was his, even with his by-line fully emboldened on it. It would have survived rigorous scrutiny in the news chain and been rewritten to perfection. Then, the head of his desk would have checked it to be sure of what he had, and defended it at the editorial meeting. The story had to survive the scrutiny of the news editor and his team, a strong re-write desk that would have polished it with good English and had it conform to a house style; and then a final check by the editor of the paper. There was little room for error, and when one was made, it was speedily apologized for in the next edition.

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