CNN's Widely Circulated '10 Mile-Wide Asteroid Collision with Earth' Story from Nasa: False
May 26th, 2014
By Barry Secrest
There is a very active story circulating the worldwide web from a so-called CNN "I-report," indicating a world-ending asteroid impact in 30 years, which further states Nasa's JPL laboratory as the source of the story.
According to the article by a code-named source, the asteroid could conceivably end civilization as we know it.
However, an extensive check of Nasa's JPL website fails to indicate any sort of civilization ending event.
The following is an axcerpt of the report:
"If astronomers are right, all life on this planet could be extinguished in less than 30 years from now. Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have detected a large object the size of Manhattan possibly on a collision course with Earth.
Using their Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE), the 10-mile wide object was found approximately 51 million miles from Earth. Scientists believe that during a close encounter with Mars, the asteroid was nudged slightly off its usual orbit and may currently be on a high speed collision course with our fragile planet."
The report, which is easily one of the top stories of the night in the world, indicates a date of March 35, 2041 as the date of impact, which should clearly be interpreted as a hoax, based clearly on the falsified date alone:
"The asteroid is calculated to have a potentially lethal encounter with the Earth on March 35, 2041. "
With all of the extraordinary dis-information circulating within the mainstream media already, CNN exhibits a very telling media failure in allowing such media hoaxes to circulate from a supposedly credible source.
However, CNN's failure as a previously valid member of the 4th estate, should make it very clear to readers that this lagging credibility is not limited to only CNN, but has become rampant across a wide range of formerly credible news sources to include ABC, CBS, and NBC News.
At last check, over a quarter of a million individuals had shared the story a remarkable 24 thousand times.
CNN's failure, for allowing such a story to be published, is but a wide-ranging symptom of an extraordinary & growing infection of America's hardened Progressive news sources at large.
Indeed, how can anyone trust their other reporting?
Update 5/27/14--after our story went viral, CNN wisely removed the article:
CNN PRODUCER NOTE NASA has confirmed via email that this story is false. A spokewoman for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory says that the largest object detected by NEOWISE measures 3 km in diameter and poses no risk to Earth. The iReport has been removed.
- davidw, CNN iReport producer