That said, sometimes media outlets get deceived from official sources as well. So what are we to do?
Correct the wrong, of course.
Here's a recent example.
On Wednesday, news emerged that Toyota is planning to offer its RAV4 Electric Vehicle in the US on a lease basis only.
Nothing wrong with that. Happens all the time in the States, especially for experimental projects such as these.
However, on Thursday, Toyota released an official statement retracting the news, and declared that the RAV4 EV will be sold outright to buyers.
So right now, we don't actually know whether the RAV4 will be for lease or for sale. We presume that the latest statement is correct, unless Toyota claims otherwise again.
When news flip-flops around like these, it gives us media folks a bit of a headache. Because it comes across as a bit untrustworthy.
At least we never resorted to phone-hacking though...