Well this is just a sad day for journalism. Capitol File‘s Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Thorp was live-gramming the White House Easter Egg Roll when a 6-year old colleague apparently misidentified tween star Ross Lynch as other tween star Austin Mahone. Without getting a second source to confirm the erroneous information, Thorp posted the photo to the right (clearly of Lynch) on Instagram, adding the caption, “And then there was @AustinMahone. Best day ever says 6 year old Penelope.”
Just. Awful. What does it say about our country that a 6 year old can’t properly distinguish between Ross Lynch, who plays the character Austin Moon on Disney’s “Austin & Ally,” and Austin Mahone, who is a real life person?? That’s like confusing Harry Styles for Prince Harry! Or Raven Symone for Nina Simone! And then, for that 6-year old’s editor to let an error of this magnitude slip through the cracks -well, that’s just unacceptable.
This is the state of journalism today America! Are you happy? This is what happens when your Buzzfeeds and your Voxeses upend the natural order of things!
Fortunately, Instagram’s community of fact-checkers was on the case. Check out their appropriately vitriolic reactions after the jump. Or, if you care to hear Thorp’s take on the scandal, go here.