Harrowing photos of a teenage girl are spreading like wildfire on multiple blogs and social media platforms. The text accompanying the photos claim that a 15-year-old Chicago girl was savagely beaten to a bloody pulp by her older boyfriend.

My readers wondered aloud why the story hasn’t been picked up by the local or national media.

The reason is simple: without a police report, there is no way to confirm the allegations are true. makes it a rule not to report on suspicious stories that originate on a certain gossip blog. That blog is notorious for manufacturing fake stories from whole cloth.

Numerous media outlets have burned after reporting stories that originated on that gossip blog. Therefore, the media is wise to wait for confirmation from a more credible source.

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