Sunday, September 30, 2012
Media and Fact Checking
"A Fars news editor said Friday that the outlet took the item off its English-language website once editors realized that The Onion wasn't a legitimate news organization.Without breaking from its farce, Onion Editor Will Tracy wrote in an e-mail that Fars is a subsidiary and has been "our Middle Eastern bureau since the mid 1980s, when the Onion's publisher, T. Herman Zweibel, founded Fars with the government approval of the late Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini."
CNN news article
Oh my! How embarrassing!!!! An Iranian News source didn't quite understand the sarcasm of the Onion's Post, and reposted it AND claimed it as it's own. Read about this, and respond. How important is not only fact-checking, but researching the background of the source?