Of Course: NY Magazine Story of 17-Year-Old Market Whiz Debunked

Folks, we should know this by now: if a story appears with a sensational headline yet with few, if any facts or background, presume it’s false. When journalists actually do stumble across stories that obviously require verification, we know to do the verification, and to include the verification in the article. We don’t write 300 words and move on.

On December 14, New York Magazine’s Jessica Pressler included 17-year-old Stuyvesant High School student Mohammed Islam as “Number 12″ in the magazine’s annual “Reasons To Love New York” series. The article went global quickly, including coverage in the NY Post and NY Daily News. It was Facebook’s most popular topic earlier today.


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  • Dana Garcia

    Funny how the little whiz kid is conveniently diverse. It makes the story extra appealing to liberals.

  • Frau Katze

    This is all over the place. More journalist excellence? It seems so.

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  • Pete_Brewster

    We do who depend on having our facts straight for our daily bread. The MSM’s job is to print PTB propaganda and click-bait whose truth-value is of secondary importance at best.

  • marty_p

    How come the original story wasn’t headline news in the Toronto Star and Crescent Business section?
    Mohammed Islam would have made the perfect husband for Malala Yousafzai, both are a lot to do about nothing.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Of course they made it up.

  • Observer

    Taqi, taqi, taqi. Or should I say it is the way of taqiyaa?

    We should be checking out his name in 5 years on Google. Wanna bet in the future he will list himself as an “Islamic Banker”?