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‘Japan to End Whaling’ Report… Major HOAX!

The blogosphere  is abuzz with a report that the Japanese government was ending its highly controversial “research” whale kills. Current TV, the progressive television station started by former US Vice President Al Gore, was among the media outlets that reported the story.

Alas, it was all a hoax. The Sydney Morning Herald in Australia reports that the faux-news story originated on a fake American news site. Indeed, even a click on the Current TV link about the story, which looks official enough with its “CBSBreakingNews” name, lands you on a site called “Completely BS Breaking News.” How the good folks at Current TV missed this one is way beyond me.

According to the SMH, Current TV wasn’t the only major media outlet to carry the fake story for at least a short period of time.

Japan Greenpeace director Junichi Sato confirmed that he’d heard no such story from his country’s news media. “And of course it would appear in the Japanese media first,” he said.

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4 Comments

  1. Franziska Schleiter via FacebookApril 21, 2011 at 3:15 pmReply

    shame on them….

    • Brett WilkinsApril 21, 2011 at 3:56 pmReplyAuthor

      Who? The Japanese government, the whalers, or the fake news site that put out this story? Or all of the above???

  2. Betty FokkerApril 21, 2011 at 4:03 pmReply

    Well, phooey. I was so happy. Way to double check, forth estate.

  3. John SmithApril 22, 2011 at 6:55 amReply

    I wish they would come over here and hunt deer as well. Those sons of bitches are always jumping in front of my car. Just an FYI…whale is delicious.

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