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Posted by Richard Wednesday, October 14, 2009

From The Guardian:

Atkins defended his project, saying the onus was on the newspaper to corroborate what it publishes. "Had those fake stories been fact-checked by the newspapers before they were printed, they would have realised – I think within minutes – that they were about to publish complete and utter babble."
This is a story of an outfit that deliberately set up fake stories on "celebs" and fed them to the media, to see what would happen. Sure enough, they got printed. Yet still there are people who believe what they read in the newspapers.

Come to think of it, how do I know this one is true? We have the ultimate paradox here: "I am a liar, so nothing I say can be believed".

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