?-) Beijing Paper Takes TheOnion.com Spoof Seriously.


the Beijing Evening News reported as fact an article from the never
credible, but still oddly \'true,\'
kindly pointed out the
original Onion article
, along with some interesting observations
on how occasionally the TheOnion\'s articles trump the general news
media in providing factual background information (mixed, of course, with
their selective, blatant falsehoods for a devastating \'I\'m embarrassed
to be laughing at that\' effectiveness;-).

the editor of the Beijing Evening News as explaining, \"the
story was written by one of our freelance writers\" [HI BLAKE, thinks the
freelance Hermit, ;-], \"his
stuff has been pretty much reliable before.\"

The extra
punch line is that after the editor heard from Reuters and was \"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.\"\"
LISNews Keywords: China
-|- Chinese
From the AP via WashingtonPost: \"Beijing
Evening News
(requires Chinese-character software): www.bjd.com.cn\"

Paper Runs U.S. Satire as News.
\" ... \"The article
was a deadpan spoof of the way sports teams threaten to leave cities in
order to get new stadiums. The report in the Evening News, which didn\'t
credit The Onion, included a graphic from the [TheOnion.com] Web site showing
a proposed new U.S. Capitol equipped with a retractable dome.\"
-By Joe McDonald -AP
via -WashingtonPost 

Falls for Gag in Humor Tabloid.
\" -Reuters.com

Threatens To Leave D.C. Unless New Capitol Is Built.
... \"Calling the current U.S. Capitol \"inadequate and obsolete,\" Congress
will relocate to Charlotte or Memphis if its demands for a new, state-of-the-art
facility are not met, leaders announced Monday.\" ... \"\"Don\'t get us wrong:
We love the drafty old building,\" Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL)
said. \"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. It hurts to say, but
the capitol\'s time has come and gone.\"\" -TheOnion.com
of my favorites Onion articles:
Man Consults Internet Whenever Possible.
\" -TheOnion.com

- humor