Breaking the Rumor Mill
March 6, 2005 1:07 PM Subscribe
How do you stop a rumor from being spread about you once its started?
posted by anastasiav to society & culture (19 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Over the past few months, I've noticed that a number of formerly fairly cordial friends have not been in contact as much as they normally would have, but I chalked it up to work and too much to do (me and them). Over the weekend, I found out the real reason -- a mutual aquaintence has apparently been spreading an ugly rumor about me. This rumor is presented in a plausable way, but is basically a total lie.
I've been in contact with the original rumor-spreader, and she fessed up that she might have 'misunderstood' a conversation we had. She did apologize. Now what do I do? Given that I'm able to straighten this out with the core of our group of friends, how do I deal with the fact that dozens of people that I come in contact with on a monthly basis now think I'm an evil, immoral baby-eater? Is there any effective way (short of a mass email) to get the word out that this is all lies?