The Washington Post, self styled defender of democracy, has cited a satirical fake news website as fact. The Free Beacon reports:
The Washington Post took four hours to correct a story that referred to a fake op-ed on the satirical site Clickhole as genuine.
The Post article follows the true story of British protesters campaigning to make the Green Day song “American Idiot” the number one single in the U.K.
But it claimed that “despite the song’s ubiquity, Armstrong waited 13 years to reveal – in an article he wrote for Clickhole.com – that the ‘American Idiot’ was President George W. Bush.” The reference to what Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong supposedly said about “American Idiot” was in fact a reference to a satirical op-ed attributed to the musician.
The article further quoted from the satirical Clickhole piece: “‘The main reason we made George W. Bush the ‘American Idiot’ is because he started a war,’ Armstrong wrote.”
Yet another reason why the mainstream media is facing a credibility issue.
Please CANCEL this report. I do not wish to receive it.
This is meant as a criticism of The Washington Post? That it took four hours to correct something of minor importance that managed to accidentally get published? This is the best you can do? I don’t know if the mainstream media is lacking credibility, but The Washington Post is one of the most referenced and credible news outlets in the country and seems to meet with your disapproval because you disagree with it. Naughty, naughty.
well, billie joe armstrong, that ”idiot” as you call him, fought back against the ones who really started the war. too bad you were too d-mn brain dead to know that! 9/11 was an attack on us morons! if it weren’t for men like george w bush and our military, you would be speaking german!! i despise ingrates like you.