nationalreport.net
is SATIRE

Fake. Fake. Fake.

(And we really cannot stress this enough.)

In the immortal words of Public Enemy: Can’t Truss It!

Articles on The National Report tend to be a tad more . . . subtle. This ‘gentle’ form of satire parodies real news in a way that seems almost designed with the specific goal of tricking its readers. More to the point, there is no ABOUT or DISCLAIMER section to make it obvious that it’s satire. You actually have to do a bit of digging to find any trace of obvious fakocity. (Well . . . except now, since we’ve done it for you. Oh, and Wikipedia.)

Correction: There is no active link to a Disclaimer page; however, it does exist*:

Addendum – 02/19/2015: It appears the original disclaimer page is back up.

http://nationalreport.net/disclaimer/

*DISCLAIMER: National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental. Advice given is NOT to be construed as professional. If you are in need of professional help, please consult a professional. National Report is not intended for children under the age of 18.

Any source that links to The National Report should be considered suspect, unless they are specifically talking about satirical news sites.

Oh, and chances are, none of the ‘journalists’ on the site have actually won any Pulitzer Prizes or Peabody Awards, either.

*EDITOR’S ADDITION – 7/10/2014: Not only are the two Disclaimer pages no longer available, but they’ve actively disallowed Google and other sources from caching any of those old pages.

Instead, you can find a half-assed disclaimer on their legal page. This is likely the bare-bones disclaimer that gets them out of legal trouble while still being able to pass off their “news” as viable, should they need more click-bait.

In order to be in compliance with the Federal Communications Act and The Barack H. Obama Administrational Oversight Panel On Media Matters [no such thing], The National Report officially states its purpose as an online portal for general news and commentary from its staff, citizen journalists and other sources, and may include unconfirmed or satirical material.

No information on this site is intended as, or shall be construed as legal, financial, medical or expert advice of any kind. National Report is not responsible for typographical errors, editing errors, or news source errors.

Thanks to RoS readers, Angel Eyes and James for pointing out that the Disclaimer links were broken and the page(s) removed.

Thanks to RoS reader DSother@hotmail.com for pointing us to the Snopes page that had screenshot the disclaimer (included below).

National Report Disclaimer Page; reprinted here from Snopes, because National Report took it down.

Here’s a screenshot of the National Report Disclaimer page, as snapped by Snopes. Thanks Dsothers for pointing it out to us.

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  • James

    I found this page while trying to understand how nationalreport is allowed to be so blatantly deceptive. “Satire” doesn’t seem like the right word. I’m glad that you shared their former disclaimer – because their site definitely doesn’t say anything like that, now. Today, you get:

    “*DISCLAIMER: The views expressed by writers on this site are theirs alone and are not reflective of the fine journalistic and editorial integrity of National Report. Advice given is NOT to be construed as professional. If you are in need of professional help, please consult a professional. National Report is not intended for children under the age of 18.”

    It’s clear that they want people to think this content is real. And it’s also clear that people are sharing it that way on social networks. A Twitter search for nationalreport.net reveals plenty of people sharing these stories as real news. Dangerous.

    • http://www.realorsatire.com The Judge

      You are quite right, James!

      Very dangerous!

      Some of the National Report ‘news,’ though, is clearly fake and meant to be read as such; otherwise, you would think there was some agenda to it (and I have my conspiracy theories on this front!). But what “agenda” could one possibly have with stories of “Solar Panels Drain the Sun’s Energy.” Do they hate the Sun? Do they want me to hate the Sun??

      But it’s the Conservative or the scientific or the Progressive or the medical ones that are, as you say, very dangerous.

      But you’re right: ‘satire’ isn’t quite the right word for a lot of it.

      ‘Dangerous,’ however, is.

      (But that’s why we’re here! Glad you found us!)

      • Eric

        Very dangerous. I am not sure I can feel safe as long as a “satire” site is allowed to exercise their “freedom” of speech. Where is my freedom from having to double check and do my own research. I do not feel safe in a world where I cannot blindly believe everything on the internet.

        • http://www.realorsatire.com The Judge

          I know, right!

          Man . . . China has it so easy.

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  • Angel eyes

    There is no active link to a Disclaimer page; however, it does exist:

    When we click on the “It does exist”…. it then takes us to the National Post where it has a 404 Error in place, instead of the disclaimer you have posted….

    Just thought you might like to know!

    • http://www.realorsatire.com The Judge

      Thanks for the heads-up!

      Here’s what it said:

      *DISCLAIMER: National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coinidental. The views expressed by writers on this site are theirs alone and are not reflective of the fine journalistic and editorial integrity of National Report. Advice given is NOT to be construed as professional. If you are in need of professional help (and you may be if you are on this page), please consult a professional. National Report is intended for a mature audience and not for children under the age of 18.

      Even the cache copy seems to be removed.

      They really trying.

    • http://www.realorsatire.com The Judge

      Apparently it’s been kinda moved to their /legal page.

      In order to be in compliance with the Federal Communications Act and The Barack H. Obama Administrational Oversight Panel On Media Matters, The National Report officially states its purpose as an online portal for general news and commentary from its staff, citizen journalists and other sources, and may include unconfirmed or satirical material.

      No information on this site is intended as, or shall be construed as legal, financial, medical or expert advice of any kind. National Reportis not responsible for typographical errors, editing errors, or news source errors.

      I’ll add this to the listing.

      Thanks again for stopping by!

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  • Ed

    Seeing the pictures Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz, probably the 2 most polarizing political figures, book-ending the header immediately made me suspect…obviously the site was made to goad and incite “tea party” types with false information.

  • Walter Sobchek

    Are the “readers’ comments” below the articles real? or are they made-up/”satirical” content as well.

    … cause some of them are pretty disturbing.

    • http://www.realorsatire.com The Judge

      Unfortunately, most of them are real. In fact, the more ‘real’ the story seems, the crazier the comments. There are some who “play along” with the original site, or that simply do it as a pisstake to the original commenter. But otherwise . . .

  • Me

    I did find a link to the disclaimer page from snopes.com
    http://message.snopes.com/politics/graphics/disclaimer.jpg

    • http://www.realorsatire.com The Judge

      Thanks for that!

      We’ll add this to the page.

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  • Barbara

    Do you suppose this is where FOX gets their ” news”? Just got one of those chain emails from someone claiming one of these stories is true: Obama is requiring schools start a program teaching the Koran. Find that and other nonsense on National Report.