The Onion Fools Foreign Reporters Once Again

from the pealing-away-at-the-fact-checking-myth dept

The Onion strikes again! Seven years ago, we wrote about how a Beijing news program believed a story in The Onion concerning threats by Congress to move to a new Capitol building (with a retractable dome). The latest is that two Bangladeshi newspapers apparently reprinted the “news” from The Onion claiming that astronaut Neil Armstrong was convinced that the moon landings were faked after reading some conspiracy theory sites online. You can almost forgive foreign reporters for not knowing that The Onion is satire, but it just reinforces how little fact checking the supposedly “professional” press does anywhere around the world.

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Dark Helmet (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

“Can someone give me an idea of a juicy fake story to make up and write on a blog so that mainstream media can copy it.”

Please, please, please go with a Clinton/Obama wife swap faker…

Or how about an account by the pilot of that plane from S. Korea saying that Clinton nailed those two Chinese journalists. Makes those pictures of him welcoming them to the plane all the more creepy…

Esteban says:

You call that lack-of-fact-checking

You call that lack-of-fact-checking?

A few days ago an Argentinian news program reported that some teens are getting drunk with a drink called “Grog XD” (yeah, with the ex-di).
The only source that they used was Facebook, and according to it, the drink “Grog XD” containing “kerosene, propylene glycol, artificial sweeteners, sulphuric acid, rum, acetone, red dye no. 2, scumm, axle grease, battery acid, and/or pepperoni.”

If still you don’t get it, it is a fake recipe from the game Monkey’s Island from like 20 years ago.

Here is the link

Anonymous Coward says:


We’re picking on Bangladeshi newspapers now?

Oh right, because all you know about the country is from Western television, you think such countries are so backwards they can’t possibly have any decent newspapers. A splendid way to display your skill at commenting without actually knowing anything about the subject. You’re probably one of those morons that thinks every Ethiopian is starving.

Dark Helmet (profile) says:

Re: Arrogance

“Oh right, because all you know about the country is from Western television”

….yeah, no. Lifelong student of world history with time spent in the region, mostly India. Though you missed the point I was making, which was that Bangladeshi papers have little to no frame of reference for relatively small, Chicago-based satirical periodicals that are only funny because of how plausible some of the stories appear on the surface.

But yeah, I’M the moron…

Oh, and I know that every Ethiopian isn’t starving. After all, Marvin plumped up in South Park, didn’t he?

Gary Kibble (profile) says:

Google News

I saw the Armstrong story on my custom Google News page mixed in with the “real” news. I couldn’t believe the headline and took a second look. That is when I noticed the source was Onion. My thought was that others would not be so diligent and assume the headline was true.
I wanted to send Google a protest note asking that Onion be excluded from Google “News” but nowhere could I find a link for email feedback.

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