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Bug #38536 closed:unresolved

Much A-Buzz About Nothing

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

BuzzFeed:

(re: Japanese Teens Are Licking Each Other's Eyeballs for Fun...)

You do know that this whole Japanese eye licking craze isn't for real, right?

 

[Psst: 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.]

Supporting Information:

See:  "Lick This!"  in the Number One Shimbun and

           "In the Public Eye" on Snopes.com

 

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

Eye for Accuracy (The National Student); Eye of the Beholder (Mommyish); Look Twice! (Morning Journal); Less than Meets the Eye (Denver Post); Shangheyed (Business Insider); Exploding a Media Myth (TNT); Poke in the Eye (The New Age); 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)

Fixed/Updated (in abc order by news organization)

Shangheyed (Business Insider); Gawk at This!  (Gawker); A Blind Eye to the Truth (Huffington Post); Another Code Brown! (Medical Daily); Code Brown (Medical News Today); Eye of the Beholder (Mommyish); Exploding a Media Myth (TNT); Not a Lick of Truth (The Telegraph)

Disappeared (story scrubbed clean off reporting news organization's website):

Faking It (Syracuse.com/The Post-Standard); In the Shadow of Doubt (Toronto Sun)

 

 

Response

JT Cassidy has contacted BuzzFeed

Bug History

Aug 21, 2013 7:34 pm Open JT Cassidy
Oct 21, 2013 9:01 am Closed: Unresolved admin

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