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(The Atlantic Wire)   Let's go over this again. The Daily Currant is not The Onion, but it is satire   (theatlanticwire.com) divider line 33
    More: PSA, Michael Bloomberg, Drudge Report, Mayor of New York City, Paul Krugman  
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2013-05-03 11:14:28 AM  
I fell for it too. IMO, good satire contains a shred of something that makes it sound fake toward the end. This story actually sounded like it could actually be true, aside from Bloomberg's foul language. I mean it's New York. You never know.
 
2013-05-03 11:21:06 AM  
That was a lot of words before the article actually got to the f*cking point.
 
2013-05-03 11:24:55 AM  
...slightly more believable The Onion, but not quite as funny as The Blaze.

HA!
 
2013-05-03 11:28:03 AM  

bdub77: I fell for it too. IMO, good satire contains a shred of something that makes it sound fake toward the end. This story actually sounded like it could actually be true, aside from Bloomberg's foul language. I mean it's New York. You never know.


But even with that twist, people still fall for it.  I mean, look at all the Facebook derp The Onion's story about Planned Parenthood's "$8 billion Abortionplex" spawned.
 
2013-05-03 12:24:37 PM  
You mean the GOP is having trouble telling the difference between reality and made-up shiat? I'm shocked!
 
2013-05-03 12:26:26 PM  
Drudge report gets trolled all of the time.......it's almost as if they don't employ journalists.
 
2013-05-03 12:35:27 PM  

bdub77: I fell for it too. IMO, good satire contains a shred of something that makes it sound fake toward the end. This story actually sounded like it could actually be true, aside from Bloomberg's foul language. I mean it's New York. You never know.


The URL is itself the tell. If you don't know the reputation of the URL, you shouldn't be using them as a sole-source for your story anyways.
 
2013-05-03 12:35:58 PM  
Let's go over this again. The Daily Currant is not The Onion funny, but it is satire
 
2013-05-03 12:38:06 PM  
Have any news agencies/blogs ever considered the idea of getting a single minimum wage lackey to google to occasionally search "satire websites" or similar terms and then print out a list of them in large text and hang it up in the office somewhere? I mean the rate at which major news sites get caught out by this stuff from sites that do nothing to hide they are satire if you do even minimal research is farking horrendous - if they are falling for satire sites this often, it suggests a large fraction of all their stories are unresearched bullshiat if they don't even do the trivial amount to filter out stories from a website that clearly indicate they are satire - for example if you go to "About" at the Daily Currant the first entry is:

Q. Are your news stories real?
A. No. Our stories are purely fictional. However they are meant to address real-world issues through satire and often refer and link to real events happening in the world
 
2013-05-03 12:40:48 PM  
Any "journalist" worth his or her salt can check out Wikipedia for a brief about almost any web site. Duh.

From Wikipedia:
The Daily Currant
 is an American satirical news blog that focuses on politics, technology, and entertainment. A number of its satirical stories have been taken for true news reports by press and members of the public.
 
2013-05-03 12:41:45 PM  
I prefer my satire to be a little less Poe's law-ish. It like somebody coming to your cubicle and telling you there's bagels in the break room and when you get there and there are no bagels they say "Oh man, I got you so good."
 
2013-05-03 12:44:53 PM  
Hey "journalists", here's a good rule of thumb for you: If it's named after a food, it's probably satire.
 
2013-05-03 12:46:11 PM  
deadhomersociety.files.wordpress.com
"So once again, I've been had."
 
2013-05-03 12:46:59 PM  
A conservative acquaintance fell for it pretty hard on Facebook. Hell, I can quote the entire exchange:

Him: If I go to New York, I am absolutely going to try to eat at this place. Bloomberg's comments once he realizes the owner isn't kidding are priceless!

Me:Um, you do realize that's satire, don't you?

Him:Yes, I do realize it's satire. Anyone looking at the articles on the side bar will as well.Unless you think Justin Bieber really did compare himself to Jesus.

Me:  Sorry man, Poe's Law...

Him:  Googling ......

Him:  True. We had just this discussion last night. [His daughter] declined to respond to a comment on one of her videos, but knew what she would have said if she had. It was hilarious if you heard her say it, but just reading it, you could have taken it massively wrongly.

Nice save, huh?
 
2013-05-03 12:47:02 PM  
Some of the comments on the FTA are so precious.  Not only do they believe it, but when it's pointed out to them will then argue 'WELL, IT COULD HAVE BEEN REAL WHY DOESN'T OBAMA TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR SOMETHING'.

I'm so glad it's friday and I can drink alcohol tonight.
 
2013-05-03 12:47:38 PM  

xria: Have any news agencies/blogs ever considered the idea of getting a single minimum wage lackey to google to occasionally search "satire websites" or similar terms and then print out a list of them in large text and hang it up in the office somewhere?


My plan would be to just go down to IT and have them blacklist the Onion and the Daily Currant so the reporters can't get to them to begin with.
 
2013-05-03 12:49:20 PM  
.....but not quite as funny as The Blaze

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2013-05-03 01:04:50 PM  
Zero Hedge (mentioned in the article as also sorta-kinda falling for it) is also a satire of ...

...whatever it is they call what they do over there at that particular fever swamp of stupid.
 
2013-05-03 01:04:50 PM  

Pappas: Hey "journalists", here's a good rule of thumb for you: If it's named after a food, it's probably satire.


Hmm, do people eat foxes anywhere in the world, that might explain a lot...
 
2013-05-03 01:07:25 PM  
The story appeared Thursday on The Daily Currant, a satire website that traffics in headlines that are slightly more believable The Onion, but not quite as funny as The Blaze

members.modernvespa.net
 
2013-05-03 01:16:29 PM  

xria: Pappas: Hey "journalists", here's a good rule of thumb for you: If it's named after a food, it's probably satire.

Hmm, do people eat foxes anywhere in the world, that might explain a lot...


In Korea they eat dog. Also Indonesia (which is where MookieBlalock Hoseface Umadbroma once ate someone's little pet Fluffykins RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEIR WAILING KIDS).
 
2013-05-03 01:21:11 PM  
"Matt Drudge rules our world" - Mark Halperin, senior political analyst for Time magazine, Time.com, and MSNBC, former ABC News Political Director

/ Liberal media
 
2013-05-03 01:22:11 PM  

Homer Nixon: [deadhomersociety.files.wordpress.com image 640x160]
"So once again, I've been had."


Does ANYONE do smash-cuts better than early Simpsons/Futurama??
 
2013-05-03 01:26:34 PM  
This is what happens when you're willing to overlook inconsistencies because a story fits a personal mold or grinds your particular ax.
 
2013-05-03 01:38:21 PM  

Empty Matchbook: Homer Nixon: [deadhomersociety.files.wordpress.com image 640x160]
"So once again, I've been had."

Does ANYONE do smash-cuts better than early Simpsons/Futurama??


No
 
2013-05-03 01:43:31 PM  
There were plenty of clues that the story was fake... the site's other headlines displayed in the margins, like "Pope Benedict Comes Out as Gay" and "North Korea Demands to Negotiate With Michael Jordan,"

To be fair, that really isn't an indication of being fake or anything.
 
2013-05-03 02:14:03 PM  

bdub77: I fell for it too.


Yeah, me too.

www.american-buddha.com
 
2013-05-03 02:48:31 PM  

xria: Have any news agencies/blogs ever considered the idea of getting a single minimum wage lackey to google to occasionally search "satire websites" or similar terms and then print out a list of them in large text and hang it up in the office somewhere?


Or, they could have their IT department set it up to where the computers would show a screen warning them that the site they're about to use as the sole source of "breaking news" is satire.

Then they could have the minimum wage flunky (English major, probably) explain what satire means.
 
2013-05-03 04:15:23 PM  

bdub77: I fell for it too. IMO, good satire contains a shred of something that makes it sound fake toward the end. This story actually sounded like it could actually be true, aside from Bloomberg's foul language. I mean it's New York. You never know.


That is the *only* part that made me double-take. That's when I googled what the Currant was about, and that was it. Otherwise, it was very well done.
 
2013-05-03 04:26:53 PM  

Dr Dreidel: MookieBlalock Hoseface Umadbroma


Have not thought about dude in easily a decade. Fark makes the most obscure references sometimes.

cdn.bleacherreport.net
 
2013-05-03 06:11:49 PM  
Isn't satire supposed to be funny? I kinda thought that was a requirement.
 
2013-05-04 12:43:39 AM  

MrEricSir: Isn't satire supposed to be funny? I kinda thought that was a requirement.


Wiki'd:
"Satire is a genre of literature, and sometimes graphic and performing arts, in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, and society itself, into improvement."

Whatever it is, it ain't workin'!
 
2013-05-04 12:29:35 PM  
To be fair, the whole "wouldn't hold a budget meeting at a pizzeria" is kind of a dumb "giveaway". It specifically mentions that it is an "informal working lunch", there's not 'Gotcha!' moment there.

The rest is pretty obvious satire though.
 
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