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Bug #38424 closed:unresolved

Falling for a Fake Story without Even Blinking

This bug appeared in a news report published by Washington Times on Jun 13, 2013 by Jessica Chasmar. View the original news report.
Bug Type:  Other

“Japanese students are putting their health at risk in a new eyeball-licking trend called “worming,” wrote Washington Times reporter, Jessica Chasmar, in her June 13, 2013 article, “Surge in eye infections among Japanese youngsters due to sexual eyeball-licking trend.” The article goes on to tell an unbelievable tale made all the more unbelievable by the fact that it’s not true. In fact, Tokyo-based writer, Mark Schreiber, gives the Washington Times article and a host of other similar tall tales passed off as journalism a thorough debunking in his article, “Lick This!”  The urban myth-busting article appearing in the August 2013 edition of the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Japan’s magazine, Number 1 Shimbun, tracks how a fake news story made in Japan went global. Schreiber digs deep to trace the article’s dubious roots while spotlighting the Western news outlets (including the Washington Times) that picked it up without even blinking. It’s a tale that’s in a word, unbelievable


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"Lick This!" by Mark Schreiber (Number 1 Shimbun)


JT Cassidy has contacted Washington Times

Bug History

Aug 03, 2013 4:18 am Open JT Cassidy
Oct 03, 2013 9:01 am Closed: Unresolved admin

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