Fox News Site Republishes Story From Satirical News Paper As Fact

The Onion is the country's best known satirical newspaper, wryly skewering anyone and anything in sight for the sake of a joke. But Fox Nation, an opinion website run by Fox News, recently ran one of their stories–with the headline Frustrated Obama Sends Nation 75,000-Word Email–as fact.

The Onion story joked that Obama had "reached the end of [his] rope" and sent out the "rambling" stream of consciousness e-mail that addressed everything from the war in Afghanistan to his live-in mother-in-law.

The story goes on to say that the fake Obama e-mail was 27 megabytes and 127 printed pages.

If Fox Nation knows the story is a joke, they aren't letting on, and many of the comments on the post treat the story as if it were actual news.

The site has since taken down the story, but according to Raw Story, many of the commenters on the piece believed it to be true, reacting with outrage at the idea that the President would be writing such long emails.

"If this story is correct, that he did send out this email, it is very concerning about his current state of mental health," Famnp worried. "I am surprised he would be allowed to send something like this out and if he is not functioning very well why there isn't some attention being paid to his current state."

"This should be enough to have him removed from office immediately......he is now the highest security risk to this nation," Obamababble observed.

"What you are seeing folks is the human unraveling and development of a self-delusional, irrational madman becoming unhinged. Can anyone say Hitler?" Mmttomb3 asked.

One commenter even said he emailed the Onion to confirm the story. Not the first instance of Fox lying to its audience, but certainly one of its most cynical.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at November 27, 2010, 3:52am

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