Is this a hoax? Am I dreaming?

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  • Considering a WHOIS lookup for the bbclosangeles.com domain name reveals the web site title “Bullshit Broadcasting Confederation LA”, I’d say “Wake up! You’re dreaming”.

  • yup. Hoax-a-licious. BBCLosAngeles.com? Come on dude. Do a whois search – owner is some guy in Cali. Also there is no other news like that anywhere else.

    Oy.

  • Heh. Very well done. It’s close enough to the truth to make it believable, and that’s what makes it good satire.

  • If you look at the bottom right side of the page you will see several references to “Fake News Article”

  • In a light grey text at bottom

    This is a faux news article, please remember to check multiple sources and facts.

    The adj faux from WordNet

    1. fake, false, faux, imitation, simulated — (not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article; “it isn’t fake anything; it’s real synthetic fur”; “faux pearls”; “false teeth”; “decorated with imitation palm leaves”; “a purse of simulated alligator hide”)

    and the BBC copyright symbol is missing…

    only a matter of hours before the server is found…

    thanks for Jewlicious!

  • Actually, folks, I read about this one on CNN. The Wash Post carried Gibson’s ‘apology’ statement credited to the AP, The UK Guardian has already opined on the issue, and Christopher Hitchens has given his two cents about it on Slate. I’m not sure what to make of the ‘faux news story’ link on that site, but here’s a story on the standard BBC URL. If it was a hoax, they hoaxed an awful lot of people. Looks legit to me.

  • Wow- whoever did that is good! I would have been totally fooled.

    Also, because the material is so believable. Brilliant

  • This hoax is perfect because the brain is focusing on two equally probable scenarios: that this was more proof that Mel is an anti-semitic nut or that this is more proof that the BBC never prints anything that is true. While trying to determine which is true you overlook details like the web address. It’s just like the way magicians and news media use distraction, misdirection and simple psychology to make you think you are seeing something you are not.

  • But we can dream, can’t we? Actually, Mel just needs to be put away- somewhere where:
    1. He can’t make any more friggin movies!
    2. He can get the therapy and possibly meds, that he needs.
    3. He can’t make any more friggin movies! After watching “The Passion of the Jew”, I got the idea to demand that Mel pay punitive damages for pissing me off, but then I might have to lay eyes on him. Better to avoid the whole thing, and pray he becomes a monk.

  • If you click on ‘printable version’ and scroll to the bottom it states “This article is fake. Please remember to check the facts.”
    So yeah, it’s fake.

  • Just check for multiple sources and apply a little common sense to any story. Do you really think ONE news bureau is going to be the ONLY one to carry a story like this?
    Prediction: Mel will go through the American “I’m sorry” ritual, time will go by, and he’ll continue to make movies. Some people will just hold a grudge and not see them.

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