Day: November 26, 2010

FoxNation.com Reposts Anti-Obama Article From The Onion, Doesn’t Mention It’s A Joke

This is the kind of thing Fox and Company does.  At times the need some real proof to back up their false claims about Barack Obama.  So what do they do?  They find an old news report from the “spoof” cite The Onion and conveniently fail to report on the Fox Nation site that it’s satirical.

TPM LiveWire

Most people recognize The Onion as the Peabody Award-winning satire machine that it is. Some people, however, don’t. Which is why we get a story like this every few months. Of course, it’s sometimes easy to mistake an Onion article for the real thing since the writers make sure to skew as close to their targets as possible. It also doesn’t hurt when real news outlets reprint the satirists’ work and decide not to let their readers know it’s a joke, as Fox Nation did today.

Yes, the Fox Nation editors were apparently so enamored with an Onion piece from today entitled “Frustrated Obama Sends Nation Rambling 75,000-Word E-Mail” that they reposted the first two paragraphs in their culture section with nary a sign as to its fictional nature. The only clue that this wasn’t real (besides a quick peek at your inbox to confirm that Barack Obama hasn’t been emailing you) was a link at the bottom instructing readers to go to TheOnion.com for the real story. This tiny link was, unfortunately, not enough for the vast majority of FN readers. At least, that’s the way it seems from the comments section.

Here’s a sampling:

“If this story is correct, that he did send out this email, it is very concerning about his current state of mental health. I am surprised he would be allowed to send something like this out and if he is not functioning very well why there isn’t some attention being paid to his current state.”

“Hey, you fraud: Get out. Your presidency is an affront to the exceptionalism of America. Pathetic loser.”

 

“HAHAHAHAHAHA OBUMMA – Un-raveled. EPIC FAILURE. IMPEACH it.”

In fact, at the time of this post’s writing, you have to scroll through 20 comments to find someone who realizes the story’s fake. Five comments below that there’s actually someone (sarcastically?) saying they emailed The Onion for confirmation on the story.

Whether Fox Nation reposted this story without a disclaimer accidentally, as a prank, or because of something more sinister, we’ll leave up to you decide. However, Fox Nation should be aware that, sad as it may be, not everyone is familiar with the brilliance that is The Onion. And for every one of my aunts who forwards me this article today, I’m going to be very, very angry at them.

Here’s a screenshot of the post before it’s (hopefully) taken down:

Barack Obama Gets STITCHES After Basketball Injury

I guarantee you, the right-wingers will find some way to re-tell this story just to fit their agenda…

Huffington Post

President Obama received 12 stitches after suffering an injury during a basketball game, according to a White House statement:

“After being inadvertently hit with an opposing player’s elbow in the lip while playing basketball with friends and family, the President received 12 stitches today administered by the White House Medical Unit. They were done in the doctor’s office located on the ground floor of the White House.”

According to a pool report, Obama received a special type of fiber that should leave a smaller scar:

The medical unit that treated Obama used a smaller filament than typically used, which increases the number of stitches but makes a tighter stitch and results in a smaller scar. Obama was given a local anesthetic while receiving the stitches.

UPDATE (5:30pm ET) – The pool report, from Roll Call’s Jen Bendery, has solved the whodunnit question:

The White House announced the culprit who elbowed Obama in the lip earlier today: Rey Decerega, who is the director of programs for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.Decerega said in a statement that the game was all in good fun (and didn’t apologize):

“I learned today the president is both a tough competitor and a good sport. I enjoyed playing basketball with him this morning. I’m sure he’ll be back out on the court again soon,” Decerega said.

All stitches were in the president’s upper lip.

Photos of Obama leaving the basketball game.