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A million little pieces of lies

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Let's consider some of the headlines from the past week:

• Bicylist Lance Armstrong admits he doped during the Tour de France, which surprised nobody who actually knows what the Tour de France is.

• The college football player Manti Te'o can't seem to remember whether he has an imaginary girlfriend, someone whose existence/nonexistence made his life's story more appealing — at least, until her identity/non-identity may or may not have been discovered. Or something like that.

• And then there's today's word that Beyonce lip-synched her rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" at the president's inauguration extraganza yesterday, surprising no one.

As a journalist, here's my take on the algebra: news about fakes = fake news.

Thank God some responsible reporters and media outlets have already abandoned these stories to move on to the biggest story of our time:

The Super Bowl. Did you know this will be the first time the opposing teams will be coached by brothers?

Remember: You saw it here first.

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thecriz5
Jan. 23rd, 2013 05:08 pm (UTC)
When news breaks, someone has to fix it.
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 23rd, 2013 10:25 pm (UTC)
You have time to delete that comment before hundreds of people view it and laugh derisively at you.
nodressrehersal
Jan. 25th, 2013 06:41 pm (UTC)
I think your math might be wrong. News about fakes = News that makes regular joes happy that somebody (usually famous) screwed up and they can watch them get bashed them to near death + they get to see it from the comfort of the lazyboy + they can drink beer and not worry about getting a dui.
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 25th, 2013 08:36 pm (UTC)
Standing in the drug store checkout line today, I saw that Khloe (or however she spells it) isn't really a Kardashian. I'm happy to say I don't know what the significance of this is.
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