FAKE NEWS! by EggCzar

Champion(s):

DreyfusB


Runner(s)-Up:

MercureT


Quiz Description

Answer these questions about journalistic scandals.

Full Results:

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3 RautY 384 88 15
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7 randalleng 363 69 15
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8 MatherV 320 64 15
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9 Kloefkorn 281 59 15
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11 JudyD 227 50 00
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12 RichmondJ 213 45 00
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15 Vintsanity 107 23 15
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20 Prathima 0 4 00
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Questions:

Perhaps the most famous FAKE NEWS story of the 20th century was the BBC's 1957 April Fools' Day piece about the annual Swiss harvest of WHAT FOOD?

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SPAGHETTI

In January 2005, a reporter for a conservative website asked George W. Bush a question which was noteworthy for its unusually partisan slant. It was quickly discovered that this reporter was using a pseudonym and had a previous career as a gay prostitute. Give either his real name, the name under which he published his articles, or the name Stephen Colbert claimed to have been born with in a Daily Show segment parodying the incident. (First AND last name is required for either pseudonym; last name is sufficient for his real name.)

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JAMES GUCKERT (real name), JEFF GANNON, TED HITLER

During the runup to the Spanish-American War, William Randolph Hearst sent Frederic Remington to Cuba to report on Cuba's revolt against Spanish rule. Remington sent Hearst a cable saying, "Everything quiet. There is no trouble here. There will be no war. Wish to return.” Hearst supposedly replied, “Please remain. You _______________.” While Hearst always denied sending this message, this anecdote has become famous as an illustration of Hearst's "yellow journalism" style. What EIGHT WORDS did Hearst allegedly end his message with?

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FURNISH THE PICTURES AND I'LL FURNISH THE WAR

The 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing was awarded for a Washington Post story about an 8-year-old heroin addict. After the prize was awarded, the story was found to be completely fabricated and the reporter resigned and returned the prize for the only time in the history of the Pulitzers. Who was the author of "Jimmy's World"?

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JANET COOKE

In 2003, the New York Times was rocked by the discovery that one of its reporters had plagiarized articles from other outlets and made up quotes and other "facts." Who was the reporter?

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JAYSON BLAIR

In response to the scandal in Q5, the Times created the post of Public Editor. What LLama was the first to hold that position?

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DANIEL OKRENT

The Times eliminated the position of Public Editor in 2016, because everything is fine now. Who was the last Public Editor of the Times?

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MARGARET SULLIVAN

One more New York Times question before we move on. Reporter Judith Miller spent nearly three months in prison in 2005 for refusing to name a source of information in the Plame affair. During her imprisonment, Lewis "Scooter" Libby wrote to her. What word has been omitted, which was believed by some to be a reference to an annual conference on foreign policy and security? "You went into jail in the summer. It is fall now. You will have stories to cover -- Iraqi elections and suicide bombers, biological threats and the Iranian nuclear program. Out west, where you vacation, the ______ will already be turning. They turn in clusters, because their roots connect them. Come back to work -- to life."

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ASPENS

You've almost certainly seen the photo of Harry Truman holding up a newspaper with the blaring headline "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN!" What newspaper was it?

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CHICAGO (DAILY) TRIBUNE

A young reporter for the New Republic fabricated all or part of the majority of his pieces in the mid-1990s, going so far as to try to fool fact checkers by creating fake business cards and a website for a company he wrote about. Who was this reporter?

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STEPHEN GLASS

Bart Simpson got taught a lesson about making up FAKE NEWS when he placed a transmitter in a well, pretending that a boy had been trapped there. What was that boy's name? (First AND last name required.)

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TIMMY O'TOOLE

On November 27, Donald Trump tweeted: "We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me). They are all bad. Winner to receive the __________________!" What would the winner receive?

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FAKE NEWS TROPHY