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,
‘DEXTER’ RETURNS TO SHOWTIME — GARY LEVINE CONFIRMS THE SERIES REBOOT — AXES ‘DEXTER’ SPINOFF?
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”?
Is the “social media report” that random tweet about how attractive Michael C. Hall is? or is it this tweet? “Happy Thanksgiving from #Dexter”.
If you click on the link that promises to show you these “social media reports”, it’s a link to fellow click-baiter Hollywoodlife.com. 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.
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.
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,
“‘DEXTER’ RETURNS TO SHOWTIME — GARY LEVINE CONFIRMS THE SERIES REBOOT”
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-Files, Prison 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