Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Chinese Paper Falls for Gag in The Onion
Reuters ^

Posted on 06/07/2002 9:48:21 AM PDT by Kryptonite

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."


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: chinesenewspaper; gag; theonion
For all you folks who've been fooled by The Onion before, you've got company!
1 posted on 06/07/2002 9:48:22 AM PDT by Kryptonite
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Kryptonite
Correction, indeed -- in a re-education camp....
2 posted on 06/07/2002 9:50:03 AM PDT by tracer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kryptonite
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."

Oh my,this even sounds like it came from the Onion!!!LoL

3 posted on 06/07/2002 10:04:55 AM PDT by Minnesoootan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kryptonite
ROTLMAO
4 posted on 06/07/2002 10:25:48 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kryptonite
I'm waiting for the administration to give a formal apology to the Chi-Coms. Imagine us upseting these people. I'm surprised ole Jessie HighJackson isn't going to sue us for this. OK, give the Chi-Coms a Billion to make them feel whole.
5 posted on 06/07/2002 10:29:29 AM PDT by Digger
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kryptonite
bump
6 posted on 06/07/2002 10:33:38 AM PDT by VOA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kryptonite
I don't think that the Chinese made a mistake, or 'fell' for a gag.

The Chinese leadership wants to put forth material which will degrade the average Chinese citizen's view of the US.

Most Chinese who read this will think that it is true... and their opinion of the US Congress, and our Constitutional Republican for of government, will be eroded.

This is purposeful. I am sure the editors of the paper knew it was false, yet printed it anyway.

7 posted on 06/07/2002 11:16:33 AM PDT by J. Semper Paratus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kryptonite
Tony Snow on Fox News Channel just mentioned China's gaffe.
8 posted on 06/07/2002 3:33:28 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kryptonite
just for that, the Chinese are going to start writing hateful fortune cookies.

"Green is on the grass like the mailman on your wife."

9 posted on 06/07/2002 3:41:59 PM PDT by galt-jw
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kryptonite
BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA!
The highly advanced Chinese intellect!!!

10 posted on 06/07/2002 3:50:55 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


11 posted on 06/07/2002 4:26:30 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: CounterCounterCulture
If these Chinese guys picked the story up from FR, they may be in real trouble.
12 posted on 06/07/2002 7:15:59 PM PDT by aristeides
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson