Fox News Reposts An Article From The Onion Slamming President Obama And Doesn't Tell Their Readers It's A Joke

Apparently someone let the interns loose at Fox News with what they posted over the holiday weekend, or their "news" network just doesn't care that they're looked at as a joke more than they already are. From Mediaite -- FoxNation.com Reposts

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Apparently someone let the interns loose at Fox News with what they posted over the holiday weekend, or their "news" network just doesn't care that they're looked at as a joke more than they already are. From Mediaite -- FoxNation.com Reposts Anti-Obama Article From The Onion, Doesn’t Mention It’s A Joke:

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.

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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. [...]

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.

I included an Onion video linked above which apparently one of the commenters here might not have realized was satire as well. If they did they forgot to put the words satire or snark into their response.

I'll just leave one last note on Fox and this story. If they were actually just incompetent or lazy instead of intentionally misleading their readers, it means their network is even worse than I thought. They're not only feeding their listeners and viewers a line of B.S. when they mean to, but by accident as well. Bravo Rupert and Roger. You've managed to take your propaganda network to a new low.

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