News travels fast in the information age, leaving breathless news agencies no choice but to employ their own brand of quick-draw reporting, otherwise known as "horrible exaggerations" and "just plain old making shit up." Here's yet another batch of viral news stories that were either wildly misrepresented or completely fabricated.
5 Disney Isn't Taking Away Christmas Movies People Already Purchased on Amazon
According to several tech sites, including Torrent Freak and Digital Journal, Disney has pulled several purchased Christmas movies from Amazon customers' digital accounts in order to force them to watch the movies on television instead, because that headline was written by someone with a tenuous grasp of how the entertainment industry works.
Because Disney totally pulls The Avengers off of Amazon every time they show it on TV.
We totally understand that "Disney is taking things that you paid for so they can force you to watch them on television is an attractive headline for anyone wary of the current push toward all-digital content versus physical media. But the fact is, only one title was actually removed from any customers' personal libraries (a Christmas special from 2009 called Prep & Landing), and that was because Amazon accidentally removed it, an error that was quickly corrected.
"But if you say it that way, it sounds like something that nobody has any reason to care about!" -the news
Disney was planning to re-air the special and asked Amazon to temporarily remove it from their online stock, and Amazon mistakenly deleted it carte blanche. The most amazing aspect of this story is how many people apparently owned that Christmas special. But because professional journalists can only be bothered to read three or four words of a source before unleashing an outrage story on the Internet, we were assaulted by this headline:
"I should never have brought a child into a world capable of such mild inconveniences. What God would allow this?"