Stephen Collins suicide, Ray Allen to Cavs, and other Twitter myths

Late last night Twitter was rocked with scattered claims of gunfire at the house of actor Stephen Collins, who is facing accusations of being a pedophile after a recording emerged of him allegedly admitting as much during a therapy session. “Stephen Collins has committed suicide,” Twitter collectively concluded, in the time it took his name to become a trending topic. Earlier in the day, in much less tragic and less consequential news, Twitter exploded with the news that Ray Allen had signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. What do these two disparate storylines have in common? Nothing, except that they both proved to be untrue.

Why do Twitter users keep falling for such misinformation? Part of the answer may be the anonymized equal footing in which all users on the rapid fire social network are given. One “news outlet” no one has heard of can tweet a fake headline and it’ll be retweeted into oblivion before it occurs to anyone to check the veracity of the source. The other reason is that regardless of the medium, it’s always been comparatively easy to sell people on false stories that sound true.

If the accusations against Stephen Collins are indeed legitimate, his life is effectively over; that made it easy for Twitter to accept the premise that Collins had committed suicide. And if Ray Allen plays anywhere this season, it’ll be with his pal LeBron James and the Cavs. So Twitter keeps falling for these stories, even as it scrapes at the credibility of anything being posted on the social network.

NASCAR race today: Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup TV channel time schedule

The NASCAR Sprint Cup series heads to New Hampshire on the schedule today for the Sylvania 300, a race sponsored by a company that many Americans may have forgotten still exists, even as the Chase for the Cup continues to heat up. Brad Keselowski currently leads the Cup standings by a slim margin over Jeff Gordon, as all sixteen cup-eligible drivers attempt to improve their standings today. The race has an early start time and airs on a national TV channel.

Keselowski is seven points ahead of Gordon for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase lead, with Joey Logano in third place at ten points down, Kevin Harvick twelve points down, and Dale Earnhardt Jr seventeen points back. The closely bunched standings are a result of the Chase format, which places the qualifiers in a tight shootout at the end of each season. Keselowski has the pole for today’s race, and while Tony Stewart is starting in the 28th spot and is out of Cup contention, he’ll nonetheless receive significant attention due to his ongoing legal troubles.

Today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Sylvania 300 race at New Hampshire has a start time schedule of 2:00pm eastern time and airs on TV channel ESPN as well as live online at watchespn.com.

NASCAR Nationwide race tonight: Kentucky 300 time TV channel schedule

The NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule heads to Kentucky Speedway today for the Visitmyrtlebeach.com 300 race which sees the Nationwide standings as tight as ever, even as the season heads toward its conclusion. Chase Elliott still leads, but several drivers are on his heels heading into today’s contest. Moreover, tonight’s race will air on a TV channel which most viewers won’t think to look on, even as it has an early start time.

Chase Elliott leads former NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader Regan Smith by eighteen points, while Ty Dillon is in third place at forty points behind and Elliott Sadler is in fourth place at fifty-one points behind. The eighteen year old Chase Elliott is the son of retired NASCAR legend Bill Elliott, and is trying to make a name for himself on the NASCAR junior circuit in the hopes of graduating to the Sprint Cup, and based on his performance this season, that could happen sooner than later.

Tonight’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky has a start time schedule of 7:30pm eastern time. The race airs on TV channel ESPNews, which is usually reserved for highlight reels, due to conflicts with college football games airing tonight on both of the primary ESPN networks. ESPNews is channel number 207 on DirecTV and 142 on Dish Network.