If there was ever a time when you could be happy people don’t check the reliability of their news sources, this would be it.
The fear-mongering and certified hate-group Westboro Baptist Church received a plethora of calls recently regarding the safety of — Thanksgiving day turkeys.
Why? You may ask.
I’m glad you asked.
It would appear that the news satire website The National Report recently published an article claiming millions of turkeys are tainted with the avian flu, saying:
“The virus is related to human influenza virus but was thought to lack the ability to infect humans. However, it appears that the virus has recently developed the ability to move from bird hosts into humans.”
They went on to “report”:
“Individuals that have purchased a turkey from any manufacturer are encouraged to call the Turkey Safety Hotline that has been established in collaboration with the CDC and several major turkey suppliers. The hotline is available 24 hours a day at (785) 273-0325. Due to the extent and ongoing nature of the crisis, the organization has declined to clarify if specific manufacturers or brands are safe.”
Within the recall information of the birds is where the comedy ensues.
The CDC “Turkey Safety Hotline” which claims to be open 24 hours a day is the main listed number for the Westboro Baptist Church.
Needless to say this caused the “church” to receive countless calls, jamming their phone lines, and causing “consumers” to be frustrated.
Brilliant. Just Brilliant.
Some are mad that they were duped, but the satire disclaimer in the legal portion of the website reads:
Health statements and products that appear on National Report have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Nothing on this website is intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. All content on this site is opinion or commentary protected under free speech and the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
In order to be in compliance with the Federal Communications Act and The Barack H. Obama Administrational Oversight Panel On Media Matters, The National Report officially states its purpose as an online portal for general news and commentary from its staff, citizen journalists and other sources, and may include unconfirmed or satirical material.
No information on this site is intended as, or shall be construed as legal, financial, medical or expert advice of any kind. National Reportis not responsible for typographical errors, editing errors, or news source errors. NATIONAL REPORT STRONGLY SUGGESTS THAT YOU SEEK ADVICE FROM A COMPETENT PROFESSIONAL REGARDING ISSUES IN ANY PROFESSIONAL FIELD.”
Let’s face it, people don’t like to be deceived. However, this should be a lesson to always double or even triple check stories you read randomly on the internet. And if they come from a site by the title of “Fox News” — quadruple check for accuracy.
This satire piece however was for the greater good. A lesson to some in news accuracy yes, but a well-planned prank to swamp the phone lines of a hate organization.
Don’t get mad, laugh, and applaud their efforts to make the world a better place through jest.