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December 24, 2007


Brad Jacobson

MediaBloodhound's 2007 Fact or Fiction Challenge

Kim Carnes

Pretty scary how many of the "fictions" seemed like they could easily have been "facts."


90% of them seemed like things I'd read/heard in the news.

I think I would have formatted this differently, though - this way takes too much scrolling around.


> So how did you fair?

Did you mean "fare"?

Brad Jacobson

I did. Typo. Fixed - thanks, Adnan.

Michael Free

We need sanity and a return to liberty. VOTE RON PAUL!!!

Brad Jacobson

Good suggestion, Avedon. Collapsed the answers into one paragraph. I think my brain is running on holiday speed.


I thought it was a trick and they were all true.


I got 8 out of 30 wrong, which I think is a lot better than a random guess (though I'm not a statistician). Note also that I don't follow this site.
Maybe the problem isn't that fact resembles fiction, but that people don't much bother trying to tell them apart anymore.

"Fair and Balanced" Dave

I missed #22. I really didn't believe Tweety was THAT delusional. I was wrong.


One can only imagine George Will sitting around thinking, "just what can I say that will sound erudite and get quoted?" Never mind that his words have no basis in reality...

Gabriel Mares

In regards Coulter's book, the better quote was (I don't remember who) saying that she was a modern day Mark Twain, and that the book was positively Swiftian.
As for George Will, there is still no parody of him that can touch his Baseball "gameshow" from SNL with Dana Carvey as Will, Jon Lovitz as Tommy Lasorda, and someone playing Mike Schmidt.
I honestly think the NY Times editors don't read Dowd, otherwise how could they print that smut? I mean, thinking back to her coverage of Gore, I have to say it seems like she was projecting.
But thank you for this list - reminds us of the absurdity we put up with every day.


are you absolutely certain that numbers 13 and 29 are fiction. i'm just saying.

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