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Bug #38514 closed:unresolved

A Poke in the Eye

This bug appeared in a news report published by The New Age on Jun 13, 2013. View the original news report.
Bug Type:  Other

Citing a report in the Huffington Post, South Africa’s New Age (TNA) reports that, “a strange new trend amongst kids in Japan has caused an outbreak of ‘pink eye.” 

Look again TNA, Huffington Post has backed off its claim of any such trend and are now calling it a hoax. Now ain’t that a poke in the eye.


Supporting Information:

If you want a real eye-opener, take a look at "Lick This!" by Mark Schreiber and read how the tale of a fake fad made in Japan made its way into the pages of newspapers, magazines, and more all around the world.

Also see: "In the Public Eye" on Snopes.com


Related MediaBugs reports (the same error repeated over and over again):

Weird Science (Science World Report); A Funny Sounding Story (AOL News); Fox Takes Eye off Eyeball Story (Fox 29 News, Philadelphia) Eye Network Loses Sight of Facts (CBS Atlanta); In the Shadow of Doubt (Toronto Sun); The Hot Trend That's Not (PIX 11 News, New York); Houston We Have a Problem (KRIV-TV, Fox 26 in Houston, Texas); The Spread (Houston Chronicle); Seeing Eye to Eye (Huffington Post/UK edition); Eye Witless News Report (ABC News); UPI Out of Focus (United Press International); Another Code Brown! (Medical Daily); Entertaining... Licks Telling the News (ABC2 News, WMAR-TV, Baltimore); Didn't Get the Memo (New Zealand Herald); Here is the Thing (MSN News Canada) Fatal Error (CTV News Canada); Time to Correct? (Time Magazine); More Than Meets the Eye (New York Post); A Cock-eyed Story (New York Daily News); Faking It (Syracuse.com/The Post-Standard); Bucking the Trend That Wasn't (The Times of India); If You Can't Lick 'Em Join 'Em (Fox News); Not a Lick of Truth (The Telegraph); Eye Network Lacks Nose for Fishy Stories (CBS News); Calling Out the Daily Caller (The Daily Caller); Code Brown (Medical News Today); Gawk at This!  (Gawker);  Not a Thing (The San Francisco Chronicle);  Less Than Meets the Eye (The Guardian); A Blind Eye to the Truth (Huffington Post); Falling for a Fake Story... (The Washington Times)


Gawk at This!  (Gawker); A Blind Eye to the Truth (Huffington Post); Another Code Brown! (Medical Daily); Code Brown (Medical News Today)

Disappeared (story deleted by news org.):

Faking It (Syracuse.com/The Post-Standard)




JT Cassidy has contacted The New Age

Bug History

Aug 19, 2013 12:54 am Open JT Cassidy
Aug 19, 2013 1:10 am Open: Under Discussion JT Cassidy
Oct 19, 2013 9:02 am Closed: Unresolved admin

Discussion Leave a comment


That should read: "and is now calling it a hoax," not "and are now calling it a hoax."

Aug 19, 2013 1:13 am