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Beijing Newspaper Spoofed by The Onion

CmdrTaco posted more than 12 years ago | from the eat-that-suckers dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 281

mattsucks writes "Reuters is reporting a story about the Beijing Evening News. Apparently, they too believe that everything they read on the internet is true, republishing a story from The Onion. Or at least one of their freelance writers believes it...." This is absolutely great.

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281 comments

LNUX DEATH WATCH (-1, Flamebait)

RoboTroll (560160) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664644)

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ATTENTION 560160 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664719)

SUBJECT: 560160
POST: 3664644

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The Department of Homeland Security is also required to notify you that you may access your e-dossier through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [usdoj.gov] .

Re:ATTENTION 560160 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664779)

I'm gonna assume that was an attempt at humor. But in 2002, the ludicrous and legitimate have blurred into an indistinguishable mass of official policy. Reminfs me of how, after being stopped at a roadside "safety checkpoint", your car can be searched because you have gum wrappers in your ashtray (the assumption being they might be rolling papers).

The parent is both absurd and indistinguishable from a real world scenerio. Therefore, reality itself has been reduced to the absurd. Be afraid.

Re:LNUX DEATH WATCH (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664832)

We need to talk about what will happen when LNUX is delisted. No one gives a shit slashdot, it was long ago taken over by trolls. Only the dumbest fucking retards take it seriously anymore. What will hurt is the projects hosted on sourceforge. Is it time to start migrating these projects elsewhere? Where will they go? The party is over, slashdot is near death. One thing is certain, no linux company has ever recovered from such a precarious position. The only way to go is down the drain.

frost pist (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664646)

pr0pz to all AC frost pisters -- it hurts!

ATTENTION (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664652)


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Thank you for your time. :-)

This is great... (-1, Troll)

SteffenM (166724) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664653)

This is one of the best examples of people being duped by what they read on the internet.

It could be worse... (5, Funny)

magicsquid (85985) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664654)

At least they weren't fooled by stories like "This Just In: Bill Gates Buys Evil From Satan" or "Death Star Opens Day Care Center."

I can imagine them running through the streets of Beijing saying "Look at the size of that thing!" and "That's no moon!"

Or (5, Insightful)

daghlian (113201) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664655)

I'd actually like to see someone take the Onion's kids explanation [theonion.com] of why the Sept. terrorist attacks happened seriously.

Re:Or (5, Insightful)

Boulder Geek (137307) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664768)

I'd actually like to see someone take the Onion's kids explanation [theonion.com] of why the Sept. terrorist attacks happened seriously.

Good point. This is actually a very serious introduction to some of the key points of modern Islamic fundamentalism. When I first read it I went looked up Qutb. No other major media outlet that I know of has bothered to give people the starting point to actually find out how and why bin Laden came to be.

Ignore The Onion at your peril.

Re:Or (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664866)

  • No other major media outlet that I know of has bothered to give people the starting point to actually find out how and why bin Laden came to be.

Maybe you're reading the wrong sort of newspapers. The Guardian [guardian.co.uk] is one example of a serious news outlet that pondered this very subject.

Re:Or (1)

eean (177028) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664906)

So 'American' while also 'non-parody' would be the wrong sort of newspaper I suppose. But I see your point, good newspapers (the Christian Science Monitor had a good article about "Why do they hate us") did a good job. However, there was/is some major simiplfied BS on TV.

The Onion's post 9/11 coverage was at their best. That article about talking to your child could, I believe should, be taken seriously. At the same time its funny as it parodies some of the crap that was in the media at that time about how you can help your child through the crisis.

Re:Or (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664772)

can you tell us why it happened, that attack?

I heard This (3, Funny)

Budgreen (561093) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664658)

On the radio lastnight as I was driving home.and almost crashed...

but anyways I guess this just shows that you have to choose a source carefully.. I mean who really needs a new capital with a retracting dome and stadium seating?

Re:I heard This (0, Troll)

Lobo_Louie (545789) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664725)

>On the radio lastnight as I was driving home.and almost crashed... Oh, were you driving a Microsoft exploDer... I mean Ford exploDer?

Best Onion Headline... (4, Funny)

dontod (571749) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664660)

Mr T to pity fool. Don.

Re:Best Onion Headline... (1)

doodleboy (263186) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664769)

Man waxes patriotic, truck.

!!!

Re:Best Onion Headline... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664830)


That one's good, but for my money the best use of comma-splice was:
President feels naion's pain, breasts.

personal favorite (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664889)

God Answers Prayers of Crippled Little Boy
"No," says God

The Story (1, Interesting)

bckspc (172870) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664662)


Paper Falls for Gag in Humor Tabloid

June 07, 2002 09:59 AM ET Email this article Printer friendly version

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing's most popular newspaper has unwittingly republished a bogus story about U.S. Congress threats to skip town for Memphis or Charlotte unless Washington builds them a new Capitol building with a retractable dome.

The source? America's celebrated spoof tabloid, the Onion.

The Beijing Evening News, which claims a circulation of 1.25 million, translated portions of the Onion's tall tale word-for-word in the international news page of its June 3 edition.

The reprinted version of the May 29 article, which parodies Congress as a Major League Baseball squad, also copied the Onion's would-be blueprint for a new legislative home that resembles a ballpark. "Don't get us wrong: We love the drafty old building," the Onion quoted House Speaker Dennis Hastert as 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."

The spoof from the brazen entertainment tabloid, which dubs itself "America's finest news source," apparently took in the Evening News.
"The story was written by one of our freelance writers," an editor at the Evening News told Reuters on Friday. "His stuff has been pretty much reliable before."

The editor said he had received other calls from readers about the article. "They were also suspicious of the contents."

Told the story came from the Onion and was not true, the editor said, "We would first have to check that out. If it's indeed fake, I'm sure there will be some form of correction."

Re:The Story (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664844)

"Redundant" is a bit harsh as a mod in this post, as the Reuters site likes to filter out web browsers that aren't "supported" (or don't spoof Netscape or Internet Explorer). This may exclude many privacy-protecting proxies like Internet Junkbuster, or Opera, Mozilla, and other browsers when they are configured to falsify the HTTP headers.

For me, reposting the article was a useful service. Maybe I'll log in and mod it up a notch.

Shameless Karma Whoring (3, Informative)

ringbarer (545020) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664664)

In case anyone's interested, the Onion article is here [theonion.com] ! (No goatse.cx links, sorry!)

TOTALLY believable!

I can see it now... (5, Funny)

gambit3 (463693) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664667)

In my high school...

Teacher: Gambit, you didn't write this!

Gambit: uh, well...

Teacher: You COPIED this, didn't you?

Gambit: Well, maybe a little...

Teacher: That's PLAGIARISM! Where do you think you're going to end up if you just copy other people's article??

Gambit: Hopefully on Slashdot?

Plagarism through translation (2)

SgtChaireBourne (457691) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664791)

It flows both ways, I've seen a number of books in English with material ripped straight out of Chinese books. This will happen until there are enough people reading both Chinese and Englsh sources. BTW, reading Chinese isn't as hard as you think. After all, you've learned all the nasty little icons on your desktop and productivity applications. Besides, it may be useful or essential knowledge for computing depending on how OSS development goes in China & E. Asia.

Working with some european and east european mathematics journals brought up an anecdote about a mathematician who'd made a multi-decade academic career though translating material from an east european mathematician and publishing it in the west under his own name. His day was rained on when the Iron Curtain came down and the original material became available.

Heh.. (2)

Disevidence (576586) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664668)

<SA> If you read it on the internet, you know its true! </SA>

(Disclaimer: Yes someone else probably said it first. But SA was the one that taught me it)

Re:Heh.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664812)

What is SA?

Re:Heh.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664870)

Something Awful [somethingawful.com]

Re:Heh.. (-1, Flamebait)

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM (537317) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664894)

SA is an acronym for Sore Anus. It's the result of spending too much time with the slashdot janitors.

Re:Heh.. (0, Offtopic)

TheDick (453572) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664911)

do you have stairs in your house?

*lameness filter, here I come*

Good (1)

nuggz (69912) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664671)

The onion has some of the best news there is anyway.

Actually I really enjoy how they poke fun at the ridiculousness of things that go on today. And they also do a good job, I really loved that "God clarifies his 'Thou shalt not kill' rule" article they had back in october.

The best part is there Ask a... (1, Flamebait)

Disevidence (576586) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664691)

Ask a conspiracy theorist... the onion's version of Ask Slasdot.

Check it out [theonion.com]

Re:Good (1)

LoadStar (532607) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664803)

Actually I really enjoy how they poke fun at the ridiculousness of things that go on today. And they also do a good job, I really loved that "God clarifies his 'Thou shalt not kill' rule" article they had back in october.

It was the September 27-October 3, 2001 issue, to be exact - the first published issue following September 11. I saved the paper copy of that issue - probably some of the best work that The Onion has ever produced. "Hijackers Surprised to Find Selves In Hell," "American Life Turns Into Bad Jerry Bruckheimer Movie," along with the article mentioned above.

As you read through it, you can just see the raw emotions in every article in that issue - it reminds me every day I look at it what that day was like.

Holy Fucking Shit (5, Interesting)

Bonker (243350) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664836)

As you read through it, you can just see the raw emotions in every article in that issue - it reminds me every day I look at it what that day was like.

The Holy Fucking Shit [theonion.com] edition of The Onion was one of the finest pieces of literature serious or satirical published about the September 11 bombings. Before the HFS edition, I merely thought The Onion was funny. Afterwards, I respected The Onion.

In the middle of all the hysteria, screaming panic, and horror, The Onion *dared* to go in and examine the ridiculousness of not only what had happened but what was happening because of it.

Good work guys!

Microsoft are bad. (0, Funny)

Big Dogs Cock (539391) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664676)

I said Microsoft are bad. Mod me up. The proof is here [theonion.com] .

This is gunna cause huge problems (1)

bobdown2001 (528975) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664679)

Half of congress will want the dome open and half will want it closed.

Oh well I guess they'll be to busy arguing about it to come up with any more dumb laws like the DMCA ;0)

Re:This is gunna cause huge problems (-1)

Frank White (515786) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664860)

Your clever reference to the conflicts within the Arizona Diamondbacks' clubhouse was wasted on the Slashdot geeks. You and I are the only intelligent baseball fans in this community. Well, unless you count Ken "JonKatz" Caminiti.

Another news link (2, Informative)

Skreech (131543) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664682)

Another online news story about this is here [sfgate.com] .

Re:Another news link (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664697)

And another is here [ananova.com] .

Beijing Evening News (4, Funny)

Gatesninny.net (565318) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664684)

In breaking news, Beijing Evening News reporting early election results from elections in the United States of America:

CowboyNeal, Q.E.D. 20%
a^2+b^2=c^2 17%
algore 0.41%

(source:slashdot.org)

Re: Poll results (4, Funny)

distributed.karma (566687) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664707)

> algore 0.41%

After all, the poll was about the most popular mathematical al-gore-rithm.

Re: Poll results (1)

Gatesninny.net (565318) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664715)

al-gore-rithm. ROFL. Classic!

Re: Poll results (1)

a_n_d_e_r_s (136412) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664794)

Well, if Al Gore ever start a jass-band. He can call it Al-Gore-Rythm

I buy that record!

Slashdot has done this before as well (5, Insightful)

GoatPigSheep (525460) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664688)

More than once Slashdot has published stories from questionable sources which turned out to be completely false. Although it's inevitable for any site that uses reader submitions to sometimes publish hoax stories as it's hard to read every submition that is sent. However I've read many stories in newspapers here (not in china) that came from sources about as or less credible than the onion. China is relatively new to the internet so I suppose they haven't figured out which sites are the joke ones yet.

I guesse we could say: Beijing Newspaper. YHBT. YHL. HAND.

Re:Slashdot has done this before as well (2)

SethJohnson (112166) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664798)



The difference is that real journalists attribute everything. Since the editor at the Chinese newspaper wasn't aware of the Onion, etc. it appears this freelance writer simply plagarized the entire story. Slashdot does not plagarize stories because it ONLY references other published articles with the exception of
Jonathan Katz's work [weeklyworldnews.com] , which very well could be plagarizing pieces appearing in the Weekly World News. I'd strongly suspect this writer won't be working with that newspaper again.

Re:Slashdot has done this before as well (2)

Geek In Training (12075) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664807)

More than once Slashdot has published stories from questionable sources which turned out to be completely false.

I just got an IM from somebody replying to this:

HELLO MY AMERICAN FRIENDs! THIS IS JUNIS FROM AFGHANISTAN! I AM NOW ABLE TO HAVE MUCH BETTER INTERNETTING, THANKS TO THE BANDWIDTH PROVIDED BY THE GREAT AMERICAN LIBERATORS! LONG LIVE THE COMMODORE 64!

Eat your heart out, JonKatz. I still haven't seen a retraction or an apology for perpetrating that one against our collective intellect.

Less credible than the Onion?! Not possible! (0)

H-1B_visas_suck (573220) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664875)

Every single Onion story is 100% MADE UP! Complete Fiction! How could ANY newspaper story be LESS credible?

How is this news for nerds? (2, Interesting)

MadFarmAnimalz (460972) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664696)

Guess this will be my first trolling mod here, but I do not see what this is doing on slashdot.

I got this days ago from the mainstream media.

This is not what I expect from slashdot. Yet another testament to the need for a more democratic story acceptance system.

Re:How is this news for nerds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664706)

but I do not see what this is doing on slashdot

Someone submitted the story, so at least one person disagrees with you. The editor realized that at least one person thought this was worthy of Slashdot and decided to approve it. Actually though, with most stories (even the ones you don't like) tons of people submit the info, so I'd be suprised if it was only the one guy.

Sorry that they didn't do what you want, but you could always start your own damn website. :)

Re:How is this news for nerds? (1)

abat (583908) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664718)

Three words: "Stuff that matters."

Re:How is this news for nerds? (1)

MadFarmAnimalz (460972) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664868)

Good. Going by that standard, we should also be covering the mideast conflict, inter alia?

Democracy won't help (3, Informative)

tlhf (312423) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664735)

Kuro5hin.org, the proof of concept democratic group blog, has already posted this, a few days earlier than slashdot. It got voted to front page.

tlhf
xxx

Re:How is this news for nerds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664780)

i guess i can see why it would be posted, but jesus this was news on thursday.

Slashdot:OLDSfor Nerds. Stuff that used to matter.

Re:How is this news for nerds? (2)

CodeMonky (10675) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664785)

Exactly why doesn't it belong on slashdot?
Because mainstream media also covered it?
Because mainstream media covered it first?
It certainly can't be because of the content because that absolutely fits slashdot, a story about an actual established paper printing something it read on the internet only to find out it was a spoof article. That is most definately slashdot material. Hell slashdot does it all the time.

Re:How is this news for nerds? (1)

MadFarmAnimalz (460972) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664853)

I must respectfully disagree, CodeMonky.

Because mainstream media covered it first?
Nope, nothing to do with it. What I'm saying is that I go to mainstream media sites for this kind of news, and I come to /. for another kind.

That is most definately slashdot material. Hell slashdot does it all the time.
Well, if /. does it all of the time is it news? Conceivably, this could be news the first time or three around, but we're well past that.

Re:How is this news for nerds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664800)

Honestly, after seeing the kind of shit [kuro5hin.org] a "democratic story acceptance system" breeds, I think we're better off with cmdrtaco and all his faults. Stories on kuro5hin are frequently killed for trivial things like a single capitalization error or a split infinitive. While I'm something of a grammar nazi myself, I find this ridiculous. If you'd like democratic story submission, go there and see for yourself how shitty it is.

Personally, I would like it if Michael stopped posting stories with his inane comments, and if CmdrTaco used a spell- and grammar-checker, and if stories stopped being duplicated within the week, as this demonstrates that none of the editors even bother reading Slashdot themselves (running a story from 6 months ago is understandable, however).

In any case, I used to think voting for stories would be a good thing, and for a while k5 was a good site. Now it is filled with anti-American drivel and other would-be punditry that I find quite distasteful, boring, and not newsworthy at all. The comments are worse than the trolls on Slashdot because the writers of the comments actually believe what they're writing, whereas the trolls are just there to annoy.

Fear. Uncertainty. Doubt. The Onion. (5, Funny)

An Onerous Coward (222037) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664698)

I remember a hilarious letter to Readers Digest, complaining that they shouldn't be giving any publicity to avowed Satanist J.K. Rowling. The woman's source for her numerous quotes? You guessed it. [theonion.com] She gave the URL of the story to anyone looking for further information.

The staff of Readers Digest was kind enough to point out the woman's error.

Re:Fear. Uncertainty. Doubt. The Onion. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664884)

Let it be known the world over that England are the greatest football team... and Argentina can fuck off.

England 1 Argentina 0

Re:Fear. Uncertainty. Doubt. The Onion. (1)

satanami69 (209636) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664895)

I think you mean soccer. Football is what is entertaining to the country that matters.

This had to be on purpose (2)

browser_war_pow (100778) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664705)

On the same page there was an article saying something like "sexual tension between sharon and arafat reaches breaking point" and was about them kissing. Of course maybe I'm giving them way too much credit for intelligence

Translation of beijing evening news article (1, Redundant)

gargle (97883) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664710)

I've translated the beijing evening news article from chinese:

Translated from http://www.ben.com.cn/WLZB/20020603/GB/WLZB^357^7^ 03R1101.htm

WASHINGTON, DC--Calling the current U.S. Capitol "inadequate and obsolete," Congress will relocate to Charlotte or Memphis if its demands for a new, state-of-the-art facility are not met, leaders announced Monday.

Above: An architectural firm's proposal for a new retractable-dome capitol. Inset: Hastert addresses reporters.
"Don't get us wrong: We love the drafty old building," Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL) said. "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. It hurts to say, but the capitol's time has come and gone."

"If we want to stay competitive, we need to upgrade," said House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt (D-MO), who has proposed a new $3.5 billion capitol on the site of the current edifice. "Look at British Parliament. Look at the Vatican. Respected institutions in their markets. But without modern facilities, they've been having big problems attracting top talent."

Its cornerstone laid in 1793 by President Washington, the capitol has been built, rebuilt, extended, and restored countless times over the past 209 years. Legislators say another multimillion-dollar renovation is not an acceptable alternative to a new building.

"How many times can you put a fresh coat of paint over an old, broken-down horse?" asked Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), co-chair of the Senate Relocation Subcommittee. "We need a building that befits our status as the nation's number-one democratically elected legislative body. And if D.C. isn't willing to provide that, I can think of plenty of other cities that would be more than happy to."

The leading candidates for a possible congressional relocation are Charlotte and Memphis, both of which have long sought a major organization to raise their national profile. San Francisco civic leaders have also lobbied hard, offering to finance a $4 billion Pac Bell Capitol Building using a combination of private corporate funds (40 percent), a county sales tax (35 percent), and a local cigarette tax (25 percent). Dallas, Seattle, and Toronto have also been mentioned as long shots.

Demonstrating its commitment to "stay in Washington if at all possible," Congress has invited more than a dozen architectural firms to submit proposals for a new D.C. capitol. Among the early favorites is the ambitiously titled "Halls Of Power," a retro-futuristic design by the Kansas City architectural firm of Hellmuth, Obata, and Kassabaum. The Halls Of Power would feature a retractable rotunda for daytime sessions, a Dancing Waters fountain in the front courtyard, and 55 more luxury boxes than the current building.

"This is just the kind of thing we need to stay competitive in today's lawmaking environment," said agent Barry Halperin, who represents many prominent government officials, including Sen. Jim Jeffords (I-VT) and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. "Washington can no longer afford to ignore the fact that visitor attendance has dropped every year since 1989. Our elected officials don't like coming to this building and, clearly, neither do their constituents."

Experts attribute the decline in congressional attendance to a number of factors, including increased home viewership of legislative activities on C-SPAN, with which Congress signed an exclusive 20-year, $360 million broadcast pact in 1984. It is not known how a new capitol building would affect the terms of that soon-to-expire contract, but Congress is expected to restructure the deal to increase its share of revenues and secure possible advertising rights, regardless of whether it opts for rebuilding or relocation.

According to the lawmakers' constituents, the capitol is not the problem.

"Sure, the capitol's a little beat-up, but it's got its charms," said Geoff Lapointe, a Glendale, CA, voter. "The real problem is the legislators. Back in the old days, you had big stars like John Kennedy and Richard Nixon. Who've they got today? Evan Bayh? Paul Sarbanes? Who's gonna get excited about those guys?"

Lapointe said he is "fed up" with the legislators and their demands.

"Those guys are all just a bunch of spoiled, overpaid crybabies," Lapointe said. "All they want is money--they don't care about all the hardworking people who pay their salaries. Look at 'em: When's the last time you saw them acting like a team? They can take their capitol and shove it."

Even funnier... (3, Funny)

SuperCal (549671) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664712)

I what I find even more funny, is that (according to FOX news) the paper countinues to claim that it properly followed up and checked the sources and when Fox reporters questioned them about it, they simply replied (I'm paraphrasing) "How do you know our reporters didn't make calls to confirm this story?"

Re:Even funnier... (0, Offtopic)

GigsVT (208848) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664747)

FOX news is just using this as a play for credibility I'm sure.

FOX News Manager: Is there anyone that screws up as bad as we do?

Reporter: Well this China newspaper reported a parody story as true...

Manager: That's great! It'll make us look like a real news outlet compared to them, lets milk this like a presidential scandal.

Reporter: I'm on it. I think I'll interview random Slashdotters first.

Journalists (1)

Vidmaster_Steve (455301) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664720)

"Integrity Shmentegrity, I don't understand journalists' obsessive-compulsive desire to get every little number correct. I mean, this is Journalism, not Rocket Science. We're here to entertain the masses, not put men on the goddamned moon." -- Me at my job interview for the Nevada Appeal. Guess who's still unemployed?

They Fell For That Old Sham? (2, Funny)

bgs006 (182777) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664721)

Dear Chinese Reporter,

In case you were looking for more news to reprint about the stupidness that is America, here are some other leads you might want to follow:
1) America is stupid
2) No, seriously. Just put that up as your headline and your readers will believe it. Though you might get letters berating you for not being mean enough.
3) And despite that win the other day, we still suck at soccer.
4) And we're all very, very gay.
5) And completely against education, sewer systems, organized government and hygiene.
6) And we find Jay Leno to be absolutely hilarious.

If only number six weren't true.
-Brandon

I don't know why they picked up the Onion story. This one's [lostbrain.com] more believable.

Re:They Fell For That Old Sham? (-1)

I.T.R.A.R.K. (533627) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664815)

"...4) And we're all very, very gay."

You have them confused with Canadian parliament. ;p~

Bingo ! (1)

CaptainZapp (182233) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664724)

"The story was written by one of our freelance writers," an editor at the Evening News told Reuters on Friday. "His stuff has been pretty much reliable before."

I sure give those blokes a call for a consultation should I ever have to hire a reliable journalist.

Ugghhhhhh (1)

me_11111111 (584217) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664726)

And they'll have the olympics? Just imagine: (Translated) Iyama Yuoamoto won the gold medal!! No wait...the bronze medal....no wait, the...

Re:Ugghhhhhh (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664810)

Or Al Gore won the election, oh, wait, it is GWB, oh,
no, it's Gore by 300 hundred votes, oh, now we have oversea
votes comming in, oh... Did we GWB? we must have said
GWB... Anyway, read my lips...

Go Figure.... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664736)

2002-06-07 16:52:51 Beijing newspaper falls for story in the Onion! (articles,news) (rejected)

that makes 55 stories rejected now...

What if... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664740)

I just hope no arab newspaper pick up this story [theonion.com] .

Or perhaps I do... hard to decide :)

What I do know is that I hope the journalist in question would copy the "How do you know I didn't call to confirm this?" response.

No accident. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664745)

Safe to assume large information sources in China are carefully screened. Public probably has a hard time understanding US satire, and some information editor probably thought people would believe it a face value.

Rather than seeing this as some funny goof some Chinese newspaper made, you might consider at what lengths the Chinese government is going to negatively portray American society.

National Grammar Rodeo (1)

iaamoac (206206) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664746)

"Why would they have our national grammar rodeo in an another country?" -- Lisa Simpson.

What is the relevance?

One of the listed long-shot alternatives was Toronto--Canada eh!

Iaamoac

While we're talking about the Onion... (5, Interesting)

CokeBear (16811) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664748)

Best Onion Article Ever:

http://www.theonion.com/onion3734/god_clarifies_do nt_kill.html [theonion.com]

Not only is it funny, but also deeply insightful, even for an atheist like me.

Re:While we're talking about the Onion... (-1)

The_Fire_Horse (552422) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664912)

I agree - its damn funny, insightful and very well written. I only wish that this sort of thing was taught in schools.

Spoofed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664752)

Does anyone use the word spoofed to mean deceived any more?

I must (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664761)

wipe my butt now..

Lifting articles in China (2, Informative)

jkastner (581372) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664763)

My girlfriend's sister is editor of Buisness China, a Shanghai based Economist publication (in English) which comes out every fortnight. She is always having to watch out for her freelancers lifting articles from other English language sources. The freelancers figure that they are so far off the beaten track they can get away with it. But they quickly find out how much she reads.

Wow! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664764)

As we say in /. English, Slenglish I guess:

That's REDICULOUS!

Factual Error Found on Internet (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664771)

Unfortunately, the page seems to be gone now, but the onion ran this just a couple of weeks ago:
Factual Error Found on Internet [theonion.com]

"The Information Age was dealt a stunning blow Monday, when a factual error was discovered on the Internet. The error was found on TedsUltimateBradyBunch.com, a Brady Bunch fan site that incorrectly listed the show's debut year as 1968, not 1969.

"Caryn Wisniewski, a Pueblo, CO, legal secretary and diehard Brady Bunch fan, came across the mistake while searching for information about the show's first-season cast."

Funny Thing is... (2, Funny)

Knoxvill3 (578169) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664773)

I wonder how many Members of the Chinese government now have dreams of a Retractable Dome of their own. The Onion may have unwittingly kicked of a international contest between our governments.

"Nyah! Nyah! My Domes Bigger than Yooourrrs!"

Or Not.

Re:Funny Thing is... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664816)

Maybe a dome in Beijing will attract some of our "top talent" away, leaving room for rookies and semi-retired politicians in their wake?
God..
One can only hope.

My coworkers believed the "Post Office 5 cent e-ma (3, Interesting)

doublem (118724) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664790)

I still remember the damn fool local DJs reading the "Post office wants to levy a 5 cent tax on each e-mail" story as real. Most of my coworkers were in a panic and complaining bitterly. I printed up disclaimers debunking the story from the US Post Office's web site, among other locations.

Sadly, my coworkers insisted that the post office must be lying, because "They wouldn't put it on the radio if it weren't true!" (Yes, that is a real quote)

It was read on WAAF (bottom of the dung pile "rock" station) by "Mistress Carrie" for crying out loud!

And then there was the time Hillary Clinton was asked about her stance on the bill during an interview...

Onion founder's former comments on the issue (5, Interesting)

afflatus_com (121694) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664801)

The founder of the Onion was on Jay Leno a while back and discussed the problem at length.

He said that the biggest problem was email forwards from people who consider it a news release, and in the email there is not the rest of the onion's site for context, so people don't know it is a parody.

He said the 2 that generated the most amount of letters from concerned citizens, up to that point in time, was "Chinese woman gives birth to septuplets, doesn't know which one to keep" and "New York to install infant-only dumpsters".

haha, stupid girls at school (2)

Beowulf_Boy (239340) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664818)

There was the girl in my Chem class,
we were researching experiments to do for a class project. All of a sudden, I hear "Oh my god, Bill Nye is dead, I didn't know that!" I was laughing my ass off, half the class we talking about it, and about how good of shows he had, and how sad it was, even the teacher believed it. When I walked over to see what the commotion was about, I nearly wet myself.

Re:haha, stupid girls at school (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664856)

Don't worry, one of these days you'll hit puberty.

Needs to learn his geography (2)

Peyna (14792) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664820)

Even if you believed the part about wanting to relocate, I don't think there is any chance that Congress would relocate to TORONTO: Dallas, Seattle, and Toronto have also been mentioned as long shots.

Re:Needs to learn his geography (2, Flamebait)

tb3 (313150) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664877)

And why not? We've got a decent exchange rate, an amiable climate, and better beer.

Hmmph.

(Oh yeah, we're not in the U.S. Never mind.)

Moz/Opera/Konq/proxy spoofing of NS or IE needed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664824)


fsck Reuters [reuters.com] and their "unsupported browser" message!

Those wacky journalists (1)

tuxedo-steve (33545) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664825)

Just goes to show the importance of checking your sources, lest you inadvertantly embarrass yourself in front of the 'eyeballs' of your readership. (hint)

OT, but the thought occurs: I wonder if /. could be sued by the Fox network for loss of eyeballs over the Lone Gunmen fiasco? I'm sure at least a couple of otherwise-viewers skipped watching it, knowing the outcome.

Sounds Familiar ... (3, Interesting)

Batou (532120) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664828)

I have a very-muched-loved-yet-altogether-nuts-over-religio n uncle that used to send out his own newsletter giving news from the Christian coalition mindset kind of thing. Used to annoy the hell out of me that he somehow thought that he assumed I wanted to be filled in and take action against evolution being taught in schools and such, but it wasn't worth the confrontation to tell him to STFU.

Well. One of these things he sent me a few years ago was about how the Harry Potter books were teaching our kids satanism and witchcraft and such. Now this thing was sent in all seriousness, with quotes from children (something about sucking Satan's "gigantic black cock", I don't quite recall). Anyway, he was dead serious that this was a problem that all "good christians" should take immediate action against.

Now I would normally just delete these things after getting a good laugh, since I really do like the guy despite this kind of evangelical nonsense. What caught my eye was the link to the article he was quoting from - it was (ta da) from The Onion. I nearly fell out of my chair at work from laughing so hard.

Harry Potter... (2)

Bonker (243350) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664847)

This happened to me as well. Several days at the beginning of last year, the Onion Article was being passed around via email some of the more religious young women at my office. The hell of it was that it had been forwarded to the 'Local Christian E-Mail Distribution Officer' by a prominent local pastor.

They *Bought* this, hook, line, and sinker.

This makes me wonder.... (3, Funny)

phillymjs (234426) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664831)

...about China's space program and their wish to land on the moon by 2010 [slashdot.org] :

Are they actually doing their own R&D, or just feverishly combing the Internet trying to find out how to make Cavorite? [pagebypagebooks.com]

~Philly

Good news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664834)

At least we know now that the Onion can be reached through the Great Firewall! :)

Irony (4, Funny)

SocialWorm (316263) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664841)

I'm surprised no one has pointed out how ironic this story is on /.

We're reading a story on a niche news site about a story on a popular news site about a story in a major newspaper (albeit in China) taken from a site that lampoons the news.

Not as stupid as you may think.. (2, Funny)

rehabdoll (221029) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664854)

Because the rest of the world would not be surprised if it were true!

OT - I love the onion :) (1)

IIRCAFAIKIANAL (572786) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664872)

Item! Hold onto your hats, everyone, because this is the Big One. From one of my better sources, who must obviously remain nameless, I've learned that there is going to be another Star Wars movie! Plot details about Star Wars 4 are extremely sketchy, but from what I understand, Luke and Laura have to find a magic potion that was hidden by Boba Fett, Darth Vader's son-in-law, in order to save their home planet from space drug dealers. It's good to know that Steven Spielberg still has the magic touch. Stay tuned for more info. And may The Force be with you and your loved ones!
Link [theonion.com]

Death Star Daycare [theonion.com]

Call me ignorant if you like. (1)

Ignorant Cocksucker (584160) | more than 12 years ago | (#3664898)

But I think this demonstrates that satire sites should carry warnings. After all, remember that adequacy article "is your son a computer hacker?". 7000+ people were taken in by it.

Imagine if the Chinese read in a "satire" site that the US was going to nuke them, and they believed it!

I would rather be on the safe side here, even if people's free speech needs to be curtailed just a little bit.

All your papers are belong to us! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3664905)

All your papers are belong to us!

HEH!
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