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Goof: TV news program runs fictitious explanation of photographs featuring a tiger and piglets.
Origins: One of the concepts readers new to our site often have difficulty assimilating is that "reported in the news" does not necessarily mean "true." They've been inculcated (as have most of us) with the idea that news is, to paraphrase
In mid-2006, we wrote an article about some amusing pictures of fur-wrapped piglets dressed as tigers that had been circulating via e-mail. The pictures were genuine, but the back story that accompanied
We were surprised to find weeks later that CBS affiliate KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh ran the same item as a straight news story. Did they uncover something we missed? Apparently
News may be transmitted via e-mail, but not everything transmitted via
Last updated: 27 July 2006
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