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(not satire – it’s the Daily Mail!)

I’m well aware a blogpost about the Daily Mail making up a story is a bit ‘dog bites man‘ as far as news goes but I couldn’t allow this to pass unnoticed.

A few days ago a Daily Mail article went viral about Beijing residents having to watch fake sunrises on giant TV screens because the pollution there is so bad (warning – link to Daily Mail dross):

China starts televising the sunrise on giant TV screens because Beijing is so clouded in smog

Well no prizes for guessing the article was completely made up.

Here’s the full story from Tech in Asia:

No, Beijing residents are NOT watching fake sunrises on giant TVs because of pollution

Is it really too much to expect our newspapers to contain at least some real news?

An amusing postscript to this is a short Twitter exchange between the Daily Mail’s so-called ‘reporter’ who filed the story James Nye and proper journalist Paul Bischoff who rumbled his lie:

mail reporter caught lying

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Want to annoy a Daily Mail reporter? Then why not share this and let them know people are noticing their lies?

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Related articles by Tom Pride:

I’ve applied for a job at the Daily Mail. Here’s my application letter

Daily Mail Exclusive: voting Labour could give you cancer

Of course the Daily Mail doesn’t like Ed Miliband. He’s a Jew.

UPDATE on Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre’s father avoiding the front-line in WW2

Daily Mail apologises to its readers after admitting publishing something true

Daily Mail fail – newspaper uses false photo in Kenya shopping centre article

Oops! Daily Mail gets British immigration test wrong

An APOLOGY to The Daily Mail from TOM PRIDE

The Death of Satire? The Mail’s David Rose complains about being smeared

Oops! The Daily Mail accidentally supports a fascist party. Again.

The Sun, The Mail et al – sorry, did we say 120,000 problem families? We meant 16.

Daily Mail – Outrage As Number Of UK Immigrants On Podiums Hits Record Levels!

Aidan Burley complains about lack of Nazi theme in ‘leftie’ Olympic ceremony

Diet High In Red Tops Increases Risk of Heart Attacks

Met police loaned retired mounted officer to Rebekah Brooks

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