Monday, March 28, 2011

Devil's Cushions: a little mischief with Fox News

On Saturday I posted a few useful sources for news and commentry. Today, something rather different.

Roznama Jawani is a Pakistani satirical news site, similar to The Onion. Posting ludicrous fictional news stories that poke fun at the norms and politics of Pakistan, Roznama Jawani includes such stories as:

MAN FROM PESHAWAR SUES RED BULL. SAYS HE HAS NO WINGS!
...In detailed reports that Roznama Jawani was able to collect from the man’s friends, the 50 year old guy known as Gul Khan was very hyper at the time of his decision. His friends say that he was pacing the room....

Black Magic Practitioners Protest Against President’s Goat-Shield
Karachi — The National Council of Kaala Jaado Enthusiasts protested outside the Karachi Press Club yesterday, demanding the Supreme Court take immediate notice of the unfair way in which President Zardari continues to use goat sacrifices to protect himself.
Usually crazy enough to spot as satire, one story did slip through and got noticed by Fox News journalists, who repeated it as straight news. It was entitled "Pakistan: Islamic Clerics Protest Women Wearing Padded Bras as 'Devils' Cushions", and Fox ran it as a serious story, winning themselves this acknowledgement from Roznama Jawani:

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