However, the reality, as Billboard.biz soon discovered after interviewing executives from YouTube and the labels themselves, was a little different. Billboard learned that although some of the views had indeed been canceled for having been generated using practices deemed to be in violation of YouTube’s terms, their percentage was far too small to sustain the artificial inflation theory.
True, news regurgitation is no art, but even good regurgitation requires the observance of some rudimentary journalistic standards and practices. These days, however, this is often not the case, as every now and then bloggers and even “real journalists”, in their desperation to get there before everyone else and grab maximum page views, chuck the rule book out the window and blindly reproduce glaring factual errors and misinterpretations, forcing one to wonder if regurgitation might, after all, be an art. This is the latest example of that desperation taking precedence over basic fact checking.