Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Joke Is On CNN

Not even CNN is impervious to wild stories and bypassing journalistic research that should accompany such a position.

Earlier today they posted a story about a gamer having his arm lobbed off after playing a game. Because, you know, that’s the sensible thing to do when you are done playing.

The game is Katawa Shoujo. It’s a dating sim involving people with disabilities, such as missing limbs. It is a real game. The Global Daily posted the story, and it spread to Reddit and 4chan, which apparently caught the attention of CNN’s iReport.

Guess what? It’s fake. The Global Daily doesn’t exactly have the most  “honest” system. When you see stories about how celebrities buying pools filled with cocaine, you can’t really believe them on first take.

Since Kotaku Australia posted the article, the one on CNN has been taken down. But it was a good laugh for a few brief moments that they thought it was a real story.

Edit: Wow. I don't know how that happened but the font completely changed on me. Sorry about that.

3 comments:

  1. what is "real"? what we call real is simply electrical signals interpreted by our brain

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  2. Who let the solipsist in?

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  3. I'm just saying, there is no such thing as a fake article. It reveals a deeper truth about us all.

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