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Newsjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:21 PM
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The Onion Fools The New York Times With Fake Obama Tiger Beat Cover
Source: Mediaite

Today The New York Times admitted they made the mistake of treating a fake creation from The Onion as something legitimate. Last week the Times printed an article documenting the history of the squeaky-clean teen magazine Tiger Beat, and included a retrospective of past magazine covers. Unfortunately (or humorously depending on ones perspective), in the collection they also included a parody cover created by The Onion, which featured President Obama.

The correction printed today in the Times:

A series of pictures last Sunday of covers of the magazine Tiger Beat, with an article about how the original teen-girl tabloid has remained virtually unchanged since its inception in 1965, erroneously included a parody cover, produced by the satiric newspaper The Onion, that featured a picture of President Obama.

Read more: http://www.mediaite.com/print/the-onion-fools-the-new-y... /



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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:30 PM
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1. 'best newspaper in the world' my ass. Nt
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harmonicon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 05:10 PM
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5. The New York Times has been a joke for at least a decade.
The only newspaper I'd put any stake in is The Guardian, but even then, not much. Newspapers are over, and they've done it to themselves.
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Joe Bacon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 06:22 PM
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11. "All the BS The Republicans Tell Us To Print"
That's the real slogan of the Screw York Times. Outside of Krugman, everything else they publish is mediocre bullshit.
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 07:21 PM
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17. +1
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HankyDubs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:35 PM
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2. hahahahahaha
The onion always wins.
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 06:23 PM
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12. Hilarious. I saw this again last week and it made me laugh my ass off.
Poll: Happy, Healthy Obamas Out Of Touch With Miserable Americans
Panelists discuss whether Obama's openly loving family is a slap in the face to the average American who only bears feelings of resentment towards relatives.

http://www.theonion.com/video/poll-happy-healthy-obamas... /

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TheEuclideanOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 07:40 PM
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20. Amazing how similar that is to Fox
:)
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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 07:51 PM
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22. Hilarious.
Indeed.

I wish I could find the graphic on line from their book "Our Dumb World" that shows the progression of plate tectonics.

1st there's an image of Pangaea, then an image of Laurasia and Gondwana (the 2 big continents Pangaea broke into), Then an image of the continents today with North America in the middle...

Last a future view with the USA alone in a vast sea... as every other continent moves as far away as possible.

Hilarious!
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eShirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:38 PM
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3. LMAO over here!
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:43 PM
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4. From an idea and 2 sources to no sources.
This is the state of your media.
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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 05:20 PM
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6. that's going to come in handy -- :)
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 12:04 AM
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34. You know it!
We know more than a few people in GD : P who will be devastated that it isn't real. ;-)
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BOG PERSON Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 05:35 PM
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7. god bless the Onion
Edited on Sun Apr-24-11 05:35 PM by BOG PERSON
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 05:42 PM
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8. I wonder how many Onion pranks
Fox News has fallen for?
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TheEuclideanOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 08:16 PM
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25. Only the absolute stupidest of us can fall for The Onion today.
I seriously wonder how somebody can miss this today. The Onion has changed to help brand itself, methinks, by making it really obvious that they are "The Onion". A while back, it was much more subtle. Today, you have to put your Stupidity Gears in overdrive to mistake it.
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 09:33 PM
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29. Nowadays, the Onion Is the Most Reliable News Source in Print
and with the Daily Show and the Colbert Report and Rachel, our best insight into what's going down, as well as predictions of what will be going down next.
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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 08:46 AM
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39. I don't know....
I get tweets from The Onion as well as Breaking News from MSNBC, CNN or BBC. I have a tendency to read the headline before glancing at the source. There have been times I would have sworn I was reading something sent by a media outlet only to find it came from the Onion. Our world is more and more bizarre each day! Now would I be fooled long enough to forward a headline or full story to someone? I think not.
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Ratty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 11:45 AM
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42. Reverse Onionization
Where you see a headline and wrongly assume it's from the Onion. Happens to me here on DU all the time.
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 05:55 PM
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9. I guess this puts them in the same category as Fox
Fox has gotten fooled by the Onion a few times as well.
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Garbo 2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 06:17 PM
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10. Newspaper of record idiots. What next? Bat Boy?
The Onion folks probably laughing their asses off, shaking their heads.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 06:31 PM
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13. it`s called----FACT CHECKING!
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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 06:46 PM
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14. I'm sure they wish someone had called them to tell them it wasn't true before they printed it nt
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 08:18 PM
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26. What did Rachel Maddow say about her staff?
something like they have library cards and know how to use them?
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paparush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 06:50 PM
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15. The sorry state of journalism in America.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 07:06 PM
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16. ...and the "six or eight" Judith Miller pre-war leaked to reference on Sunday morning talk shows?
YEah we got a retraction and then nobody talked about it

The 1,000,000 dead in the Iraq War was not possible with out the New York Times

Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk,

I'm a woman's man: no time to talk.

Music loud and women warm.

I've been kicked around since I was born.

And now it's all right - it's O.K. -

And you may look the other way.

We can try to understand the New York Times' effect on man.

Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother,

You're stayin alive, stayin' alive.
http://www.allthelyrics.com/lyrics/saturday_night_fever... /


When the New York Times said God is dead
And the war's begun
http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/levon-lyrics-elt...

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Libertas1776 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 07:36 PM
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18. the Old Gray Lady...
has become a two dollar hooker.
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tabasco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 07:37 PM
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19. Hahahahahahahaha!
A small town newspaper would be embarrassed by this.

The NY Times is officially a joke.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 07:47 PM
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21. LOL
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 07:57 PM
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23. More like the old grey mare, than the old gray lady....
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Capitalocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 08:14 PM
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24. Google image search but VERIFY!
:rofl:
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Keith Bee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 09:21 PM
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27. Gee, I wonder why so many people get their "news" from Stewart & Colbert?
:rofl:
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KurtNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 09:25 PM
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28. Chinese media picked up an Onion story and they reported that
Congress was refusing to reconvene in DC until the House of Congress was updated with a retractable roof. They have a whole cultural thing to blame for that but the NYT ?

From The Onion story: "Don't get us wrong: We love the drafty old building," the Onion jestingly quoted House Speaker Dennis Hastert saying.

"But the hard reality is, it's no longer suitable for a world-class legislative branch. The sight lines are bad, there aren't enough concession stands or bathrooms, and the parking is miserable."

Full story in Wired 2002:
http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/news/2002/06/530...
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 09:34 PM
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30. The paper of record


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forty6 Donating Member (849 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 09:44 PM
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31. Maybe Obama DOES sing in the shower!!! Only Michelle would
be able to verify that story.

And yes, I sing in the shower, so why not the PREZ?
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dballance Donating Member (460 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 10:00 PM
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32. Between Judith Miller and Jayson Blair How can anyone take the NY Times Seriously
How can anyone believe a word the Times prints given its history of reporters who are liers?
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 10:29 PM
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33. Are you sure THIS isn't a Onion story?
Edited on Sun Apr-24-11 10:47 PM by rocktivity
I mean, while it's funny enough when foreign legitimate publications do this, they at least have the luxury of using the excuse of being foreign. But the NEW YORK TIMES???

Today, the supermarket tabloids -- tomorrow, the teenyboppers!

P.S. Here's the original: "According to a poll released Monday by Teen Zogby!, both Barack Obama's approval and dreaminess ratings...have risen to 82 percent..."

:rofl:
rocktivity
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Withywindle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 12:18 AM
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35. That's what happens when editors, fact-checkers, and proofreaders get laid off
The rampant embarrassing inaccuracies in major newspapers of late can frankly be traced to layoffs, cutbacks, downsizing, etc.


When I worked for a free weekly newspaper in the 90s, every single piece of copy made several rounds through at least a half-dozen pairs of very intelligent eyes. I mean, I'm talking about the 60-word movie blurbs here. Cover images required sign-offs from at least two senior editors even after they'd passed the grunt gauntlet.

The fewer people you have doing the critical work, the faster copy is expected to move, the more intimidated and inexperienced (and cheaply-paid) the workers are, the more shit like this will be inevitable.
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 02:50 AM
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36. +100
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 08:05 AM
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38. thanks for mentioning this
(former reporter and copy editor)
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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 08:48 AM
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40. You better believe it.
Many members of my family used to be in the newspaper business and one still is peripherally. Newsroom layoffs have completely changed the content of local and regional dailies and weeklies. The content gaffs would be funny if they weren't based on greed.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:13 AM
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41. Good point there! When I worked in publishing every word and sentence
was proofread, copy edited and checked for accuracy,and had to be verified by several sources. Those days are gone..leaving much up to computer programs or inexperienced "Google Searchers" for fact-checking and accuracy in content.
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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 12:53 PM
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44. This. THIS!!!
What else need be said?
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deacon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:05 AM
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37. Splatttttttttt. Wow, that 'news' outlet must be in disarray. n/t
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 12:37 PM
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43. Ever since Judith Miller and the NYT help Bush lie us into the Iraq invasion.
The "Gray Lady" has been relegated to walking the streets...
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