cnn.com
is REAL

Okay, I’ll bite . . .

CNN was submitted twice in a three-day period. No story or article, just ‘cnn.com.’ [Editorial Note: Please see the update to this statement at the end of our verdict.]

Whoever submitted it:

  • was likely the same person;
  • was likely trying to make a point;
  • probably didn’t think that we could turn this maybe-pisstake into something constructive to say, in line with our beliefs and intentions here at Real or Satire; and/or
  • likely thought we’d shy away from passing judgment on so old and standard of a publication as is CNN.

We’re not shy.

CNN.com is, for all intents and purposes, a real source of news; however, their history of falling for fake news should be an object lesson for us all:

  • healthy skepticism is healthy;
  • verification is everything; and
  • ‘scooping’ FB friends is worthless when you’re the first to post Falsehoods./li>

Hell, CNN has even reported their own mistakes and there are, as of this writing, at least three editorials to this effect, here (which also talks a bit about language and the importance of knowing yours), here, and here. They do a hefty amount of finger-pointing to their source, the Associated Press, which only means that they could stand a reminder of the Edicts Trifecta, above.

So . . . CNN is Real, with a caveat — but it’s the warning that you should always take towards any and all news sources, whether CNN, USATODAY, or SOMEBLOGONSOMEPAGE.NET.

And ‘Thank You,’ Anonymous Submitter, for giving us the opportunity to proselytise a bit.


[UPDATE]
: So . . . over the weekend, we got another CNN submission, but this time with an actual article attached. It was for this video.

I won’t dwell too long on this; our verdict on CNN is already made and our stance, clear. But I do hope the person who submitted this request simply did so as a laugh. If not . . .

Notice anything . . . ?

Notice anything? Here, let me show you . . .

I tend to go on a 24-hour No-Believing-Nothing Strike on April Fool’s Day. This extends to regular news avenues, Google, my friends’ Facebook posts. This could go horribly wrong in cases where revered celebrities and us regular folk have died on April Fool’s Day. Still, I feel it’s a better policy.

  • Jeff Dunlop

    Check out http://cnn.com.de/news/amish-commit-vote-donald-trump-now-lock-presidency/
    I think it’s a satire site mimicking the real CNN

  • Zed Clampet

    Why is CNN not listed as biased like Fox News? It is clearly just as biased in the opposite direction.

    • Godmode_ON

      Because Fox isn’t actually a news company (their creator has admitted to using scare tactics just to make money), and they use scummy tactics to be able to report fake stories

    • Matt

      Liberals hate those who disagree with them but love those who agree. The differences in these messages makes this site satire and untrustworthy to say the least lol.

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