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Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Dog wins art contest, 1974
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Slovakian Satire Reported as News
Here's another case of the media in one country reporting another country's satire as straight news. About a week ago the Austrian paper Der Standard reported that a Canadian-American company was going to privatise and expand the Bratislava airport, which would involve the relocation of the entire village of Ivanka pri Dunaji. And where did Der Standard get this story? From the website of sme.sk, a Slovakian paper. It didn't notice that the story was over six months old and dated April 1st. What happened next, of course, was that the news bounced back to Slovakia where it was also reported as true, with the Slovakian media citing Der Standard as their source. Probably gave the villagers in Ivanka pri Dunaji a good scare.
Categories: Journalism
Posted by The Curator on Wed Oct 13, 2004
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