I’ve written for the China Morning Post, don’t ask, and, believe me, it would never make the mistake the Beijing Evening News did. One of Evening News‘ writers believed that The Onion, a satirical publication that calls itself America’s Finest News Source, was legit and reported bona fide news. Wired.com reports that Huang Ke lifted whole graphs of a story about how Congress was going to flee D.C. unless it got a new Capitol building with a retractable roof, like a sports stadium. “People every single day think The Onion stories are real,” says Carol Kolb, The Onion‘s editor.
The Evening News tried to deflect blame for having been duped. It wrote: “Some small American newspapers frequently fabricate offbeat news to trick people into noticing them with the aim of making money.” Carol Kolb jokes that the Evening News might not have been too far off-base with its defense. “That’s what we do at The Onion,” she laughs. “We do print lies to make money.”