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Bug #38472 closed:withdrawn

Looking for a Lick of Truth

This bug appeared in a news report published by ABC2 WMAR-TV Baltimore on Jun 21, 2013. View the original news report.
Bug Type:  Other

“In Japan, it's the new fad of showing affection...Eyeball Licking,” cries out the headline on an abc2news.com (the website of WMAR-TV Baltimore) article. While the news report’s title alone is an eye-full, the Huff PostGawker, and Medical News Today, say there is a lot less to this weird and widespread claim of a Japanese eyeball licking trend than meets the eye. All three ran similar pieces but have since changed their stories in light of an article by Tokyo-based journalist, Mark Schreiber, as well as the damning verdict on the urban legend-debunking site, Snopes.com. Perhaps abc2news will take a second look at this cock-eyed story and set the record straight.

(Portions of this post have appeared in related MediaBugs reports filed by JT Cassidy)


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 online publications like MNT as well as the pages of newspapers, magazines, and more all around the world.

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


Related MediaBugs reports:

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); Code Brown (Medical News Today)

Disappeared (story deleted by news org.):

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



JT Cassidy has not contacted ABC2 WMAR-TV Baltimore

Bug History

Aug 12, 2013 11:36 pm Open JT Cassidy
Aug 12, 2013 11:40 pm Open: Under Discussion JT Cassidy
Aug 13, 2013 6:51 am Closed: Withdrawn JT Cassidy
Aug 13, 2013 6:37 pm Open: Under Discussion JT Cassidy
Aug 13, 2013 6:39 pm Closed: Withdrawn JT Cassidy

Discussion Leave a comment


The report above reads: "This bug appeared in a news report published by ABC2 WMAR-TV Baltimore on Jun 21, 2013." It should be "ABC2 News, WMAR-TV Baltimore."

Aug 12, 2013 11:40 pm

I was going to file bug reports for both the website and televised broadcast version of this story but since they are essentially the same I've withdrawn this one.

Aug 13, 2013 6:39 pm