If it’s on TV, it must be true!

I’m not saying I’ll never, ever get caught in a hoax or a scam, but I always make Snopes my first stop after hearing some bit of outrageous news.

I just wish “respected” news sources would take the time to research their stories. Or are we supposed to just swallow the all of their crap without question?

I’m not just picking on Fox. Hoaxes have been around for a long time. (Check out The Museum of Hoaxes for some good historical perspective.) But this one wasn’t even that good! Certainly not of the caliber of The Top 100 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes of All Time.

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11 Responses to If it’s on TV, it must be true!

  1. Monkeyspit says:

    Even if it’s not true, I will still believe it along with about a million other people.

  2. Ric The Schmuck says:

    But what if I want to believe it….

  3. statia says:

    a frickin’ men to that brotha. Snopes is my friend.

  4. Hey Lisa says:

    I got all caught up in it. After hearing the guy who runs it on the radio I guess I became a little more gullible. Heh.

  5. Sunidesus says:

    That’s too funny. A while back I told some of the producers in the newsroom about Snopes. Once they figured out what it was, and how useful it is, they wanted to bookmark it. Of course I had to show them how to do that too (computer illiterate bunch they are) I think it came up after someone got one of those Nigerian letters and asked me if it was real.

  6. Don says:

    But it must be so — Jay Leno has talked about it on two, maybe three shows this week!

    Jay wouldn’t say it if it weren’t true, would he?

    Not Jay!

  7. Les says:

    They’ve been talking about it here at work. I decided not to bother mentioning it was a hoax as the last time I did that, for the story that was going around about a guy who was smothered by a stripper’s breasts, it was made clear to me that I was spoiling their fun.

    No one wants the truth. It’s more fun to be gullible it would seem.

  8. I hear in their next venture, they are going to give the “Bambis” tranquilizer guns to fight back. If Bambi shoots you, you’ll wake up later in a bathtub full of ice with your kidney missing.

  9. robyn says:

    I run 90% of my mom’s e-mails through Snopes first…

  10. skits says:

    I love me some Snopes. 🙂

  11. Chloe says:

    Recently a co-worker was telling me that Fox News was impartial, whereas NPR is biased. Uh-huh. Impartial? They’re not even accurate! I don’t know why people think Fox is any more impartial than any other news source. Funnier, that some people think NPR is impartial by being too liberal. Heh… if NPR is biased, then it’s because it’s too conservative. I think the only current working definition for “impartial” is meaning “having the same attitude as myself”. And if people believe that’s the definition of “impartial”, yeah, they’ll believe any crap anyone shoves at them sprinkled with sugar or tempting spices.

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