Great moments in journalism: “Confirmed Microsoft Surface Pro 5 launch date”

Today I wish to draw your attention to this article: Confirmed: Microsoft Surface Pro 5 to be launched in June [2016]. I added the "2016" because the article didn't give a year in its headline, but it was posted in May 2016, so it was clearly referring to June 2016.

Even though the headline says "Confirmed", if you actually read the article, you'll find that it's nearly all rumor and speculation.

It seems that...

Reports say Microsoft has released these ads in order to indicate that the release of Surface Pro 5 is imminent. ...

Rumours are swirling that the tablet will be unveiled in June along with Surface Book 2. ...

Some reports claim that...

The Surface Pro 5 may... [I]t is expected that...

There are only two statements in the entire article that are actually put forth as facts rather than speculation.

  1. "Recently, a patent for the Surface Pen was found on U.S. Patent & Trademark Office website." This is easily verified.
  2. "The base model of Surface Pro 5 Core i5 will be priced at $899 while, [sic] the i7 processor model will cost $999." This is stated as fact without any source.

Of course, none of the allegedly-confirmed details actually came true in June 2016. So much for "confirmed".

Comments (12)
  1. ErikF says:

    Real facts are so much more boring than fake ones.

  2. JAHA says:

    …and thus the media should take some responsibility that some are so willing to mistrust it.

    1. D-Coder says:

      “The media”? The media is thousands of different companies and even individuals. Some have high standards and will not do this, and will even publish corrections when they’re wrong. Others are just anything that fits between the ads and attracts eyeballs (as this one probably is — I haven’t followed the link). You (generic you) have to pay attention and figure out which is which.

  3. torrinj says:

    This is a text book example of “fake news.”

    1. No, this is just bad journalism. Fake news would be if they simply made up stuff.

      1. JAHA says:

        Well…what prevents you from making up the rumor?

  4. Tymme says:

    About half the headlines on that site are so clickbait-y it hurts.

    1. smf says:

      click here for ten facts about the new surface pro 5 from microsoft, you won’t believe number 8.

  5. cheong00 says:


    [Earlier, it was reported that Surface Pro 5 will be launched in early months of 2017 as the company is currently focused on Surface Phone. ]

    And nothing later reversed the idea “the company is currently focused on Surface Phone”, so it should be June 2017 instead?

  6. Drak says:

    “Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Latest News: Surface Pro 3’s Unavailability On Microsoft’s Online Store Indicates Surface Pro 5 Arrival”

  7. Drak says:

    Lol, and more hard facts:

    “Based on Surface Pro 5’s leaked photo, the upcoming hybrid laptop might come along with a Type Cover along with the tech company’s Surface Pen. Aside from the leaked image, the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 might also feature a 4K display. Also, the upcoming 2-in-1 tablet might be powered by Intel’s newest Kaby Lake processors.”

    “In addition, the Surface Pro 5 is expected to run on Windows 10 full version. As for the price of the Microsoft Surface Pro 5, there is a probability that the forthcoming gadget might cost similar to its predecessor.”

  8. Mark says:

    You’ve been trying out the Windows 10 “News” app too?

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