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(Cracked)   How to recognize a B.S. Internet news story. Number 4: It's from the Daily Mail   ( cracked.com) divider line
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2013-02-27 08:25:20 PM  
6 votes:
Number 1: It's from Cracked
2013-02-27 08:46:08 PM  
4 votes:
#2: It gets a green on Fark.com
2013-02-28 04:24:43 AM  
3 votes:
b3ta covered this some time ago.

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2013-02-28 01:36:07 AM  
3 votes:
I was going to say there's a lot of truth in that article, but then I realized I had to click to see the second page, so I decided to ignore it.
2013-02-27 10:18:24 PM  
3 votes:

For example, recently the liberal website Daily Kos did a poll asking this question about gun control:
"Would you support or oppose banning assault weapons?"
Pretty simple, right? The result:
Ban them: 63 percent; don't ban: 32 percent

"Sorry, buddy, but I just bought this suit, and it's nothing without the gun."
So about two-thirds of us want assault weapons banned. But at the same time, Gallup did a poll asking it this way:
"Are you for or against a law which would make it illegal to manufacture, sell, or possess semiautomatic guns known as assault rifles?"
The result:
Ban them: 44 percent; don't ban: 51 percent
A freaking 20-point swing, just by adding a bunch of words that really drive home what "ban" means. And you can do that with any issue -- if you poll Americans asking, "Should we cut government spending?" an overwhelming 76 percent say cut, cut, cut, people literally demand cuts "across the board." But if you ask the question another way, by actually listing the programs instead of just calling it "government," then the numbers reverse completely -- support for cutting drops into the teens or 20s.

Penn and Teller did an episode about this. Here is a clip from the show showing how polls are bullshiat Link
2013-02-28 04:00:17 AM  
2 votes:
Fark could do worse than putting a hold on greenlighting any Daily Mail story on the basis that it's a lie. There's enough real news out there without reaching for the bullshiat.
2013-02-28 03:34:45 AM  
2 votes:

KrispyKritter: bonus bullshiat: any direct quote from any politician, the lying corksucker scumbags.

People ask me every four years, did you watch the debate? And I'm like no, because after about ten seconds I want to cock punch all of them. Not just the politicians, everyone involved. This is why I don't really blame the politicians. Because people put up with it.  They sit quietly and listen attentively instead of doing the civilized thing and throw chairs at the guys when they say something stupid, weaselly or both.
2013-02-28 03:28:53 AM  
2 votes:
What about World Nut Daily? That dump makes The Daily Mail look like the BBC.
2013-02-28 03:11:50 AM  
2 votes:
1. The Onion
2. Wingnut daily
3. Daily Fail
4. Faux News
5 Drudge Report
6 Greenlit on fark
2013-02-28 02:59:18 AM  
2 votes:
I've been skipping all Daily Fail links on Fark for some time now. I wish mods/Drew would cut those ties and stop greenlighting Fail links.
Relevant talk/video: Why the Daily Fail Is Irredeemable Shiat
2013-02-27 08:36:08 PM  
2 votes:
Number 1a: short article is posted under more than one page for clicks

Number 1b: unnecessary multi-page slide show for clicks
2013-02-28 12:59:03 PM  
1 vote:

czetie: Highly relevant: http://youtu.be/5eBT6OSr1TI "I know it's true because I read it in the Daily Mail"

The thing that really gets me about the Daily Mail is not so much the egregious bullshiat. It's not even the stories declaring that everything on the planet causes cancer, apart from the things that miraculously cure cancer.

What gets me though is the head-spinning constant denigration of women. Dress too conservatively and you're frumpy or dowdy or, worse, possibly a Muslim. Show a little skin and you're sexy. Show too much skin and you're a tramp, a whore, and a terrible role model for your children and everybody else's children (because it's all about the children). No cleavage = bad. Little cleavage = good. Lots of cleavage = dangerous. Nipple = end of western civilization as we know it. And then best of all is their fake outrage when they want an excuse to run a picture of a topless celeb or a swimsuit model: "Look at that dreadful hussy! Flaunting herself like that! And here's another shot of her ass so you can see for yourself how offensive it is!". (Related: "Paparazzi are a dreadful scourge, and here's a bunch of pictures we bought from them.")

The Daily Mail is designed for two things: Keeping blue-collar white males perpetually outraged and generating linkbait.
2013-02-28 10:58:59 AM  
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2013-02-28 03:44:41 AM  
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And: ....pollsters also found that they could make up a completely fictional government program and get 25 percent of people to claim they have heard of it and express an opinion about it.

The one thing I can say about that is: They called it the  Panetta-Burns plan. Leon Panetta was fairly famous as the director of CIA and Secretary of Defense. Thus just by having his name on it, it probably earned an air of legitimacy, and possibly even a sense that it was endorsed by the Obama administration; or that since Panetta was often making statements about the effects of the sequester on the department of defense, that people might assume he lead crafted an alternative to ameliorate those effeds on the DOD.

I wouldn't be surprised if that name choice alone was responsible for the people who expressed an opinion about it.
2013-02-28 03:34:11 AM  
1 vote:
And just by linking to all of these I've fallen into another one of their traps: writing intentionally wrong/dangerous articles to get the traffic from outraged people debunking them.
That is the most I've laughed at a Cracked.com article in... years!
2013-02-28 03:28:58 AM  
1 vote:
Sadly, the Daily Mail usually has the best pics for any story, even the ones the other news outlets are covering. Poopship, for example.
2013-02-28 02:52:56 AM  
1 vote:

Penn and Teller did an episode about this. Here is a clip from the show showing how polls are bullshiat Link

They had one here this week where a poll was headlined as showing 'gay marriage doesn't have majority support'

It was a hugely pushed question:

 (In 2004, Parliament legislated to allow same sex couples to register a civil union, amending over 150 pieces of legislation to give legal rights and recognition to same-sex couples. Do you think Parliament should change the definition of marriage to allow same-sex couples to marry, or do you think civil unions are sufficient for same sex couples?)

and the result was still 47% for 43% against, but by ignoring that and taking the 47% at face they could lie and claim it lost. The poll was commissioned by 'family first' naturally.

A completely unbiased poll on the same topic (question 'In New Zealand same-sex couples can enter into a Civil Union, but they are not able to get married. Do you think same-sex couples should be able to get married?') showed 63% in favour
2013-02-28 02:51:26 AM  
1 vote:
I might consider writing tabloid bullshiat. It seems like a fun way to f♥ck with the course of human history.
2013-02-28 02:47:56 AM  
1 vote:

I_Am_Weasel: I thought "Yeah, like naturalnews.com" when I saw the title.

Had an FB friend post a naturalnews article the other day and I clicked without knowing what the site was. One of the first things I saw was "according to infowars Alex Jones..." and instantly knew it was teh derp.
2013-02-28 02:47:52 AM  
1 vote:
The Daily Mail cracks me up. It's hilariously terrible.

/I also didn't make it to the second page
2013-02-27 08:57:41 PM  
1 vote:

GAT_00: #2: It gets a green on Fark.com

#3 more than once.
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