The Previous And Current Lives Of A World-Class Joke
"At first, it was limited only to the Chinese-language Internet. More recently, it has appeared among foreign media. I just watched a clip of director James Cameron being interviewed on a talk show during which he said: "They were afraid that the Chinese men will reach out to touch the screen." When Cameron emphasized that "This is true," I knew that this is one of the most successful fake stories in recent years." [more inside]
US TV newsrooms churn out PR companies' spin as real news.
Hats off to those broadcasters who turned the spin around
to reflect the real truthiness.
Meanwhile while I didn't find similar PR company manipulation in UK TV news, there's certainly an element of government, or more accurately MoD, faking
that compares well with the US's
How the Onion Got a Facelift
, and in the process offered their full news archives
from 1996 to the present available online for free. The Onion A.V. Club
also finds a new home.
Worst. NewsFilter. Ever.
"No details are available", but at last count, Google News
had over 250 sources for the "Paris Hilton's Missing Dog" non-news story. I'm a dog lover myself, and was once broken-hearted by the loss of a chihuahua, but too few alleged journalists
are treating this 'news' with even a small dose of the disrespect it genuinely deserves. Meanwhile one TV show is crowing about getting "the scoop" (but apparently not
on their own website, which can't even spell Rumor
). But The Daily News
and USA Today
connected the story to Tinkerbell's upcoming book
, ghost-written by MeFi's beleved Dong "Don't Call Me 'D'" Resin
, and USAToady gave the book a sidebar story
. Which raises the big question: with the book's release about two weeks away, could our own Delightful Dong have been the dognapper? I've seen worse publicity stunts
for a book.
In other entertainment news, remember the suitcase full of priceless Beatles memorabilia?
Well, a Beatlemania expert says It's Fake
. You just can't trust anybody these days.
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This news item
turned out to be a hoax. Has Reuters been fooled again
? I certainly smell a rat...
(I know the original mefi link pointed to the BBC, but the BBC picked it up from Reuters)
omg we're all going to die,
which means the hurricanes, the war against terrorism, high school free speech... it's all a big nothing!