Real Farmacy is difficult to categorize.
They’re not satire, but they’re not exactly real, either. Or, should I say, they’re not exactly factual.
Oh, they’ll post mostly-real; or real stories, but it’ll be a story that’s 10 years old (see below); or it will be a mostly-true story with misleading headlines, which isn’t something that is entirely new to anyone who has been following Real or Satire for any length of time.
(A hint should be in the spelling choice of “farmacy” as well as their legal disclaimer.)
GMOs Will Unleash Global Killer ‘Ecocide’ Across The Planet, Warns Prominent Scientist. It contains three aspects of bias that borderlines fakery: a fallacy (or two) and false information.
- the article’s main source is a report whose main contributor is Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a statistician, not a geneticist;
- the blatant Appeal to Nature fallacy — all things that come from nature is good; however, polio is natural, its cure is not. Is the cure, then, bad?
- the blatant incorrect so-called fact: The Irish Potato Famine of 1845-1852 was caused by a combination of political and business factors, with Ireland exporting a majority of the potatoes out of Ireland, rather than distributing internally. This is not a valid argument that would validate an anti-GMO stance.
- they also report about the extinction of the banana, which was supposed to have happened by 2013 (I just bought a banana at the BP at the writing of this article);
- and they cite single-crop reliance as the reason for Florida’s citrus greening epidemic, despite the bacteria being found in Brazil and various countries in Africa and Asia.
Volkswagen’s New 300 MPG Car, Not Allowed In America. This is just plain wrong, apparently.
Man Denied Job as Police Officer Due to Above Average IQ was post in November of 2013. It’s basically a rehash of an ABCNews story back in 2000, which referred to a case that started in 1997.
The Real Farmacy post doesn’t add any commentary to the story nor does it cite any sources, which as we’ve discussed before, should raise red flags. In fact, pointing to their original source would automatically key you in that the OP is far from timely.
Does that mean the article is incorrect? Or that it isn’t relevant? Certainly not. And this is where a check for updates would come in (like an appeal, for instance) or some commentary on the state of law enforcement, pointing back to the case. But that’s not what Real Farmacy is about. They have an agenda (aside from ad revenue from click-bait) and a bias to push forward as fact.
And that’s exactly how you should take this site: one big opinion piece.
If their opinion is in line with yours, you’re likely to re-post and share an article, claiming this as proof that your view is correct. But we’ve given you three examples of just how fallible Real Farmacy is.
Editorial Note – 04-15-2014: We have removed both ‘real’ and ‘satire’ verdicts from Real Farmacy. The site is neither satire nor ‘real’ enough to be likened to other real media entities, such as Associated Press, MSNBC, and the like. Since we cannot dole out an official verdict on Real Farmacy, RealorSatire feels obligated to at least provide recommendations:
- Use sites like Real Farmacy to spark discussion within your social media circles.
- Try to verify as much as possible, first.
- Be careful to not pass off the story as 100% fact. It’s likely glorified opinion used to strengthen a very specific subset of philosophies.
We are considering creating other categories to cover sites like Real Farmacy.
Editorial Note – 11-16-2016: We are categorizing this as neither Real nor Satire.