The problem with satire is that someone somewhere will inevitably take it at face value.

So someone took The Onion seriously again. Actually, it’s two someones. And they’re not so much ‘someones’ as they are ‘newspapers.’ Two Bangladeshi newspapers took as factual a parody article titled “Conspiracy Theorist Convinces Neil Armstrong Moon Landing Was Faked.” From the BBC coverage of this journalistic kerfuffle:

“We thought it was true so we printed it without checking,” associate editor Hasanuzzuman Khan told the AFP news agency.

“We didn’t know the Onion was not a real news site.”

Why did they think it was true without checking? Isn’t that why we’re supposed to check things like this – to find out if they are true?

As for not knowing that the Onion was a fake news site, that’s understandable if all you have to go on is this one story. But the Onion has a homepage with other stories on it. At least these two “newspapers” didn’t run with the totally factual story about how Minotaurs are being used to interrogate terrorism suspects.

And just because it’s vaguely related, I’ll use this as an excuse to post a video of Buzz Aldrin smacking a moon landing denier upside the head:


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