Aw, a cute coyote pup found under a, um, desk!? Oh wait, deck. Ya see, Facebook is like Tupperware for errors … keeps them fresh even after you’ve tried to correct them. From Yorkville Patch on May 21, 2013. Source: Screenshot of original.
Despite his successful return to politics, now-Congressman Mark Sanford still has a pretty bad reputation to manage after his secret intercontinental hike, aka tryst, with his Argentinian mistress. Who could he be likened to? That’s a tough one. Maybe Anthony Weiner, pictured, oddly, right. From the ChicagoTribune.com on May 8, 2013. Source: Screenshot of original.
Ya know what can stop a river better than a beaver dam? A cop in a squad car, an OEMC part-timer with a whistle and two wispy strands of police tape. Water tight. From an NBC 5 Chicago email alert on Monday, April 29, 2013. Source: Screenshot of original.
Way to upstage the mainstream media’s failures and name Zooey Deschanel as a Boston bombing suspect. Might have been easier to spell than Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Slightly. And no, sorry doesn’t cover it, even if Zooey didn’t mind it. From the April 19, 2013, broadcast of KDFW in Dallas-Fort Worth with closed captions provided by Lawrence, Kan.-based Caption Solutions. Source: Shared file.
Margaret Thatcher killed by a strike? The opposition Labor Party done her in. From: The BBC on bbc.co.uk on April 8, 2013. Source: Shared file.
CNN has taken the biggest blowback from misreporting an arrest in the Boston Marathon bombings, but let’s not forget that Fox News, the Boston Globe and even the Associated Press messed this one up, too. But, as you start to walk this one back, here’s a pro tip: Don’t put up conflicting reports on the same page. Both CNN and Boston.com seem to have forgotten that you could just FIX THE DAMN STORY instead of putting up a breaking news bar contradicting yourself. Also, it looks bad when your website says there’s an arrest and your lower third on TV says, whoops. Whoa that giddyup a bit. From CNN, CNN.com and Boston.com on April 17, 2013. Source: Screenshot of websites, photos
Ridiculous. Forget that whole “Rapefruit” thing. Who would seriously eat grapefruit for EVERY meal. Now, if they do a Bass Fishing spread with a B-shaped fish, then you’ll amuse me. From the March 5, 2013, edition of the Mankato Free Press. Source: Shared file via @BryanAGraham.
In case you’re wondering what the scene of the lion attack looked like, this video suggested the lion later scared a small girl at a zoo and walked around an airport, all film noir style. At least the preroll video ad went down like that. From March 6, 2013, on chicagotribune.com. Source: Screenshot of original.
Another case of successful media baiting by the Daily Currant. From the Washington Post on Feb. 12, 2013. Source: Screenshots of original.