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Inquisitr caught again propagating hoaxes as news with Dexter reboot

The Inquisitr is quite a piece of work. It appeared online in Google news out of nowhere a few years ago with no trace of ownership, yet it consistently topped Googles search results.

Since then, the publication has been accused of publishing hoaxes on numerous occasions as news…. most recently a false claim of a Dexter reboot was traced back to them.

Rumors of a Dexter reunion have been circulating for several months on the internet. Multiple publications claim that “Showtime confirmed” a revival of the popular sitcom for 2017. But oddly Showtime never made an official announcement about the big news.

It turned out the erroneous claim was traced back to a January Inquisitr article titled,


Here is the clincher,

“The hold up on reviving Dexter, according to the social media rumors, was Michael C. Hall. He was not on board with returning to the Showtime series to reprise the role of Dexter and wasn’t sure he’d ever want to become Dexter again. Recently, Hall stated he was open to the idea of reprising the role again — social media released reports that Michael C. Hall agreed to resume the role of Dexter Morgan for two more seasons.”

That last line is the best because nothing in their story supports that “Michael C. Hall agreed to resume the role of Dexter Morgan for two more seasons.” In fact nothing ANYWHERE said that.

Not to mention “social media reports”??? What does that even mean!? What exactly is a “social media report”?Screen Shot 2016-04-24 at 9.00.57 PM

Is the “social media report” that random tweet about how attractive Michael C. Hall is? or is it this tweet? “Happy Thanksgiving from #Dexter”.Screen Shot 2016-04-24 at 7.43.30 PM

If you click on the link that promises to show you these “social media reports”, it’s a link to fellow click-baiter They offer zero evidence to support the claim.

David Nevins, the head of Showtime, simply said he would “consider” a reboot in the future at a TCA conference. That’s it. So Inquisitr thinks the word “consider” and the word “confirm” are interchangeable.

Dexter is the one show that I would think about [continuing]. It’s a question of when the timing is right. If there’s a willingness to do it, I would certainly listen. Certainly I’d look at Dexter,” he said.

So the author takes this tweet from Michael C. Hall combined with Nevins comment to mean a reboot has been “confirmed”. No official announcement from Showtime anywhere, just a tweet that says “Happy Thanksgiving #Dexter”.

It’s not like Dexter might still be promoting their show given that you can still watch it on Netflix, or still promoting all the merch they sell!…like in this tweet.Screen Shot 2016-04-24 at 9.00.25 PM

And per usual the Inquisitr sends you on a wild goose chase clicking links that all claim to be the source of some evidence to back this claim and none of the sites they link to are the source of ANYTHING.

But it’s no surprise that the Inquisitr would obfuscate truth and confuse the reader by sending them to all sorts of erroneous sources since they make money off of phony links.

Check out the Inquisitr blatantly advertising that they will sell you a “do follow” link for $250. The ad may as well say, “Give us $250 and we will link to your site and trick the public in to thinking that you are the source of something that you have nothing to do with because we have superior credibility online…look at our Page Rank of 6”.

So you will see countless links on this article to sites that are not the source of anything at all.Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 6.56.24 PM

In fact check out the links on other articles. You will notice none of the links are actually the source of anything.

To make this situation even worse countless sites regurgitate this false claim about the Dexter reboot as news.

Snopes was the first to spot the hoax, but they refer to an earlier article with the definitive title “Dexter Returns”.

“ORIGINS: On 27 November 2015, the Inquisitr published an article about the possibility that Dexter, the hit Showtime series about a Miami-based blood splatter expert who is also a serial killer, might be returning for another season. While the article did not definitively state that Showtime was planning on bringing Dexter Morgan back to the small screen, the article’s sensational and misleading title, “Dexter Returns!”, led many fans to believe that a firm decision has been made to revive the show:”

Just wait until their next article Snopes titled,


Snopes says that the Inquisitr is getting their info from a Screen Crush article.

“a Dexter reboot is a possibility due to the current state of television programming (where reboots, revivals, and rehashes are abundant), but the web site also acknowledged that questions about reviving old shows are common during the TCA press tour, and that Showtime has not announced any official plans to continue the show:

The abundance of TV revivals in the current climate, between The X-FilesPrison Break, or even Twin Peaks makes a Dexter return seem frighteningly more plausible, at the least. For now, everybody be cool!

So while a November 2015 news article splattered the title “Dexter Returns!” around the Internet, rumor analysis indicates that Showtime has made no specific announcements regarding actual plans to revive Dexter Morgan.”

Again the problem is not that sites like the Inquisitr exist. Crappy click bait will always exist. The problem is that Google rewards this behavior by keeping the Inquisitr at the top of their news results despite countless complaints.

This example is the perfect illustration of why aggregate websites are destroying the internet. They create their content based on what people are searching for so if no story exists they will simply make one up. The Inquisitr knew they would get millions of clicks if the title of the article claimed that a reboot had been “confirmed” so they flat out lied.

This certainly is not the first example of this from The Inquisitr. They regularly publish articles like this promising you some factual information like the “final four contestants on Survivor revealed!” only to click and see they have nothing.

I hope the public will realize this is standard operating procedure for Inquisitr and other click bait sites and will simply stop clicking. If a Dexter reboot had really been “confirmed” there would be an official announcement from Showtime not a “report on social media”.

I love the last sentence in the article….

“‘Don’t forget to come back to Inquistr for all your Dexter spoilers, news, and updates.”

Hahahahaha!!! “Yes, come to the Inquisitr for more false claims about reboots, sequels, spin-offs et al. You can always count on us to give you erroneous information.”

Here is a list of some of the numerous other hoaxes that the Inquisitr has promoted




Inquisitr Whistleblower claims plagiarism and content theft are rampant and blatant by the company

I just showed several examples of Inquisitr committing content theft aka plagiarism and now we have word from an insider about exactly how rampant and widespread plagiarism at the Inquisitr is.

‘Hello…i recently quit the Inquisitr and during my time there I saw repeated acts of plagiarism and repeated fake stories posted. They asked that you pull your info from other sites and rewrite the information. Even if they did speak with a writer about an article being or bordering plagiarism thy did not pull the article. The owner is based in Iran and it makes no sense how they could pay the rates they do if you compare U.S. currency to Iran’s.If you had a $600 week that translates to nearly $17,000 rial. I’ve also seen Inquisitr stories get google ratings over leading news outlets even if the story came out days later when the subject was old news. I am by no means a conspiracy theorist, but I think there may be truth to the rumor that the Inquisitr is how Treisman gets money into the United States.’

This is interesting after the most recent hoax they propagated about a dinosaur birthday cake from Costco which allegedly depicted a dinosaur’s feet in the shape of number “666” on July 13th by John Albrecht. Costco allegedly pulled the dinosaur cake design from its online ordering platform.

Problem is you can’t order birthday cakes online from Costco!

And even better, the ‘customer’ at the center of the story was the Inquisitr reporter’s girlfriend.

So the Inquisitr has gone in to MAJOR damage control talking about themselves as victims who were “duped”. Problem is this is not an anomaly. There are numerous claims of the site propagating hoaxes and reporters not doing even the most minimal due diligence to verify claims–and now reinforced by this claim by an ex employee that content theft was encouraged and was the norm. If the Inquisitr is this naive then they do not deserve to be called “news”.

The question is why does Google give the Inquisitr such preferential treatment. There are countless claims of plagiarism against the site which viewers have reported and countless examples of circular linking schemes with sites like WetPaint and the Examiner, but Google refuses to take any action to remove them from Google News and remove them from the top of the SERPS.

I suspect the truth is that Google and the other search engines in Silicon Valley are not only in the biz of content curation, but they are also in the BIG biz of content creation. After all since they control the supply and demand end of advertising their profits can not really grow unless they find new methods of guaranteed revenue and being the content creators allows them to keep 100% of the ad revenue.

The Inquisitr was created by a writer at TechCrunch and TechCrunch is owned by AOL.

Another prolific writer at TechCrunch was hired as a Partner at Google Ventures. Imagine that…look at the guys resume…not all that impressive in all. MG Siegler went from being a writer at TechCrunch to a partner at a multi-billion dollar investment company.

Siegler is also CrunchBase so you can see how all of these websites have an agenda to prop up big G and I imagine big G returns the favor.

By the way, if you examine each Google Venture company and there must be over a hundred by now you will see one mysterious commonality…they all have employees from “TechCruch” or “Crunchbase”.

In other words there certainly appears to be a connection between The Inquisitr and Google.

UPDATE 2/17/2016: Check out this ad for a post in The Inquisitr…$250 and notice how they brag about their PR of 6. This is highly unethical yet it seems that The Inquisitr can do no wrong in the eyes of Google. And this should prove it.Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 6.56.24 PM

If you have any info I highly recommend starting a blog and sharing it. The more these companies are exposed the more likely things will change. Google needs to stop playing favorites and bring transparency to this system. Put sites like The Inquisitr where they belong….at the bottom.

Who owns the Inquisitr?

I have been searching high and low for who owns the Inquisitr since it mysteriously seems to top the charts consistently despite the abysmally low quality of their content, accusations of link schemes with sites like WetPaint, accusations of publishing fake stories and even accusations of plagiarism from big sites like NPR.

And I see I am not alone in searching for the answer to this question.

The Inquisitr was founded by a former TechCrunch writer and sold in 2011 for $330,000—By the way TechCrunch is owned by AOL. At that time the Inquisitr boasted revenues of 15k a month and 1 million unique views per month. Its located in Beit Shemesh, Israel. So the Editor and Chief I think is a good place to start. His name is Daniel Treisman and he also writes for the Times of Israel—a very pro-Palestine paper.

It’s bizarre that this site which only recently started covering D list celebrity gossip is monopolizing the first page of results despite a slew of other content and the long list of allegations against them–Not to mention a 4 1/2 second page load time!

Google talks about how much they value transparency and accountability in a website yet the Inquisitr has none. There is no way of serving someone if they plagiarize your content or violate copyright laws.

Even worse than Google is the bias towards the Inquisitr by Yahoo. I saw an interview with Courtney Cox on Yahoo Tv where they source an Inquisitr article about what she tweeted rather than simply sourcing Twitter!

It made no sense for a site as big as Yahoo to be so biased and unprofessional by giving a site cred for scraping a tweet off of twitter. Here are some other folks who made the same conclusion that there is a connection between Yahoo  and the Inquisitr.

UPDATE 2/8/2016: Look AOL aka Verizon is trying to buy Yahoo. In fact they have been trying for some time.

“A Yahoo acquisition also gives Verizon a way to promote more of its own content over competitors’.”

So given that AOL is connected to The Inquisitr, if AOL buys up Yahoo you can see the problem….a search engine which promises to deliver results based on objective signals of quality owns a website that makes its fortune off of how well it ranks with the big search engines.

Check out this search term in Yahoo “shawn booth bachelorette” (the spoilers are out and Shawn makes it to the end thus millions of hits for the search term). And dozens and dozens of sites had written about Shawn prior to these posts from the Inquisitr.

Does this look a little biased to you? Seriously not only is the Inquisitr story number 1, the Inquisitr gets the top FIVE stories for this search term–a term that millions of people are searching for and tons of people have written about?

“shawn booth bachelorette” on Yahoo. Hmmmmmmm

The results fit with this statement from whistleblower that worked for the Inquisitr,

“Hello…i recently quit the Inquisitr and during my time there I saw repeated acts of plagiarism and repeated fake stories posted. They asked that you pull your info from other sites and rewrite the information. Even if they did speak with a writer about an article being or bordering plagiarism thy did not pull the article…..I’ve also seen Inquisitr stories get google ratings over leading news outlets even if the story came out days later when the subject was old news.”

As I stated earlier iMediaEthics, claims that In September of 2013 The Inquisitr joined the Daily Mail in publishing a retraction to admit that it published quotes from a fake interview with former James Bond actor Roger Moore.

The Inquisitr’s political bias, history of low quality content and very high ranking in the SERPS suggests some serious inside connections. A paper like this would never survive on the newsstands because no one would buy it. Even their celebrity gossip is poorly sourced and poorly written (and that’s a pretty low bar).

Anyhow, stay tuned…more soon….

Here is some more information from an ex employee at the Inquisitr about how rampant content theft there was.

Update 9/15: Here is an excellent article on the Inquisitr pushing pseudo-science as facts and using rhetoric to trick people into thinking they have Diabetes.

Update 7/2016: Since this article was published Daniel Treisman has come forward to admit he is the owner. And originally I thought this Daniel Treisman was the same Treisman who taught foreign affairs at UCLA, but no…the Inquisitr Daniel Treisman is a dude with no education living in Israel (although one insider said he was living in Iran) who is making millions off of this super shoddy and shady journalism.

I’m sorry he did study drama for an entire year at The University of Manchester.

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Something is definitely “fishy” given that running a news website pays pennies in ad revenues even with millions of views a week or day. Hopefully more insiders will come forward to talk about how shoddy the “journalism” is at this organization and explain whats really going on.

Prior to The Inquisitr he ran a company called Dream Smoke Ltd registered in Ireland — no one has any clue what the company did which I find pretty funny. I suspect it was set up to be “smoke and mirrors” for whatever hustle DT was running at the time. On Linkedin he describes the work there vaguely as “Making it happen”.

And prior to that he ran Guru Media Int. Ltd. and GMIL sounds suspiciously like a company that you pay for backlinks which would make total sense since Inquisitr does nothing but hand out phony links.

“Welcome, Marketing Partners. Over 290 campaigns waiting to be discovered..
Over $125,000,000 in payouts, since 2010…”

Really check out the insider’s comments. He/she was saying she believe DT may have been laundering money through the Inquisitr since the payouts did not add up.