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Bug #38505 closed:unresolved

Fox Takes Eye off Eyeball Story

This bug appeared in a news report published by Fox 29 News Philadelphia on Jun 14, 2013. View the original news report.
Bug Type:  Other

 Fox 29 News in Philadelphia reports:

"Eyeball Licking."  It is apparently a trend among young Japanese according to an article in medicaldaily.com…”

Look again. Medical Daily (medicaldaily.com) now says “the Japanese "outbreak" may have been a hoax.” Hopefully Fox 29 can take a second look at this cockeyed story and set the record straight.


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):

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 Fox 29 News Philadelphia

Bug History

Aug 17, 2013 6:51 am Open JT Cassidy
Aug 17, 2013 6:57 am Open: Under Discussion JT Cassidy
Oct 17, 2013 9:01 am Closed: Unresolved admin

Discussion Leave a comment


Medical Daily is among a handful of news outlets reporting on this story to have set the record straight with a correction.

The Medical Daily story is here: http://www.medicaldaily.com/eyeball-licking-oculolinctus-fetish-purportedly-spreads-pink-eye-among-japanese-preteens-videos

The MediaBugs report for Medical Daily is here:http://mediabugs.org/bugs/another-code-brown

Aug 17, 2013 6:57 am