Example: [Collected via e-mail, April 2013]
Origins: On 22 April 2013, the Daily Currant published an article stating that former Alaska governor and 2008 vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin had advocated an invasion of the Czech Republic in response to the Boston Marathon bombings:
In an interview with Fox News, the former governor of Alaska said that although federal investigators have yet to complete their work, the time for action is now.
"We don't know everything about these suspects yet," Palin told Fox and Friends this morning, referring to Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who allegedly carried out the Boston Marathon attacks. "But we know they were Muslims from the Czech Republic.
"I betcha I speak for a lot of Americans when I say I want to go over there right now and start teaching those folks a lesson. And let's not stop at the Czech Republic, let's go after all Arab countries."
As noted in the Daily Currant's "About" page, that web site deals strictly in satire:
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A. No. Our stories are purely fictional. However they are meant to address real-world issues through satire and often refer and link to real events happening in the world.
Petr Gandalovic, the Czech Republic's ambassador to the U.S., was naturally keen to clear up the confusion. "As more information on the origin of the alleged perpetrators is coming to light, I am concerned to note in the social media a most unfortunate misunderstanding in this respect," he said in a statement. "The Czech Republic and Chechnya are two
Embarrassed Twitter users have been quick to delete posts as their folly was uncovered. And spoof media site The Daily Currant even produced its own satirical report of a Fox News interview in which former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin insists that invading the Czech Republic is the only course of action open to the U.S.
To clarify, Chechens are an ethnic group occupying a small territory in Russia’s North Caucasus region, sandwiched between the Black and Caspian Seas and around 1,000 miles south of Moscow. The population of
- "Czech Republic Forced to Remind the Internet That Chechnya Is a Different Country After Boston Bombing."
Time. 23 April 2013.