Sunday, March 27, 2016

Knowing a great photo when you see one

“Hundreds Of Cuban Refugees Clinging To Air Force One On Flight Back To U.S.”

1 comment:

another country said...

“On 23 March 2016, the humor web site The Onion published the photograph and headline shown above, reporting that hundreds of Cuban citizens had clung to the outside of President Obama’s plane as it departed from Havana in an attempt to flee their country. Although most social media users are familiar with The Onion (and its genuinely satirical nature), multiple e-mails we received from readers and other social media posts indicated that not everyone got the joke.

Social media users have often unwittingly shared fake news articles published by web sites that exist solely to traffic in outlandish false stories, but The Onion began in the pre-Internet days as a printed humor publication and evolved to become the premier online satirical web site (i.e., a site that aims to make readers laugh, not to be fooled).

Despite its long tenure as a humor site, The Onion is still mistaken for a real news outlet on occasion." More here.