3 crazy stories from “The Onion” that people believedEntertainment The List
Momma always said, "Don't believe everything you read." But some people still do when it comes to reading satirical articles, like you'll find on The Onion. The site has been online since 1996 and has become one of the most well known satirical news sites. Yet, somehow, people still get fooled by their headlines. Jimmy Rhoades and Onion News Network anchor Suzanne Sena dice The Onion's 3 most over-the-top stories and teach you how to save yourself from some embarrassment by believing them.
1. Planned Parenthoodwinked
After seeing The Onion run an article about very fake plans for an 8 billion dollar "abortionplex", comeplete with valet parking and pet adoption center, an actual congressman thought the story was real, and made comments about how terrible a plan it was.
His reaction lead to Sena's "know your news" tip that, "the headline's designed to make you angry. If your blood boils really quickly with a headline, chances are, it's not true."
2. Kim Jong-Unlikely
Every year people wait to see who will be crowned the Sexiest Man or Woman Alive so when The Onion wrote an article proclaiming that Korea's Kim Jong-Un was voted the Sexiest Man Alive in 2012, beating out hotties like Gosling and Tatum, you'd think someone would catch that it was just a joke. But, the South Korea Times ran it as fact…awkward.
Sena's tip with this article: "Only The Onion reported it. With real news, the same facts will be in every credible outlet." Sena recommends researching a news article that seems suspicious and look for other sources to see if you're finding the same facts.
3. The Repetitions Will Not Be Televised
One Onion article claimed that 58% of all American exercise was televised. This article gets a little tricky when it comes to knowing your news as journalist Deborah Norville used the satirical fact on her show as a real fact. But that still doesn't make it true.
Sena's tip with this story is that the local paper cited in the article didn't actually have the resources to break the story, so always consider the source of where news you might read is coming from.
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