Image Via Anonymous News
Before we get into the debunking/laughing at major news publications, I'll summarize briefly. The hacker collective, "Anonymous" or at least, someone posing as a member, went ahead and released a pretty outlandish video (as seen below) claiming that aliens were a-coming around the mountain and that NASA would be making an announcement. Take a look—
Now, as someone who works in the industry, would I have written an article about this video claiming it as fact? Eh, I don't think so. Don't get me wrong, I subscribe to the hype of conspiracy theories and governmental manipulation, secrets, etc. but I don't think it's a solid idea to make mankind believe, WITH CERTAINTY, that aliens are on their way.
LOL, I can't believe I actually had to clarify that. Really, is fact-checking no longer a job? 3 sources and then to print? No? Not a thing? Well, I'm sure it is, but when each publication is using the other publication as a source and the news is FAKE it gets REAL messy, REAL fast. I mean, hell, did anyone think to contact NASA? These are publications with CLOUT, NASA would answer, I'm sure.
As per The Washington Post the following headlines were published:
“ANONYMOUS SAYS NASA HAS EVIDENCE OF ALIEN LIFE. DOES IT?"—Newsweek
“The world's biggest hacking group thinks NASA is about to announce alien life."—The Independent
No judgement to either of those sites specifically, a lot of people did it and despite my steely-reserve, had I caught wind, yeah, maybe I would have too. Yes, I realize I'm not counteracting my argument. I'm starting to feel like a bully, sue me.
The official debunk came from a tweet, of course. So here it is, no aliens, no yet anyway—
Contrary to some reports, there’s no pending announcement from NASA regarding extraterrestrial life.— Thomas Zurbuchen (@Dr_ThomasZ) June 26, 2017