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As for the Axe lawsuit, according to some responsible reporters who actually tried to find a source for this story, India's judicial system doesn't seem to have any such case on its books. Media reporter Tommy Christopher went straight to the Axe company and managed to find a spokesperson, fighting for air from underneath a pile of half-naked beach volleyball players, who said that they traced the story back to a parody news site.
So which website was clever enough to fabricate a story that could fool The Daily Record? Was it those tricky folks at The Onion again? Actually, it was this article from FakingNews.com. That's right: It has "fake" right there in the title. They couldn't really do more to prevent this kind of thing unless a hand actually came out of the monitor to slap anyone with journalism credentials who visits the site and hits CTRL + C.
"Oh yeah, this is a rock-solid source."
And the padded bra fatwa? Well, there's something oddly entertaining about the original article that Fox used as its source for this story. Particularly the part where one protester is quoted as saying, "I will not wear these sinful, men-attracting padded bras that make my jugs look juicy," before ripping her bra out and stomping on it in front of a crowd of cheering supporters.
That's because RoznamaJawani.com is, yes, a comedy news spoof that also runs headlines like "Area Man Prefers Time When It's Raining Normally to Time When It's Raining Men." Then there's the photo taken of the supposed conference that you don't exactly need to be a graphic arts student to see has been digitally altered:
Even if you forgive them for this oversight, we're still left with the depressing notion that Fox Nation's fact checkers stumble across a site like this and merely think, "Wow, foreign nations really are hilariously bizarre and terrifyingly stupid!"
When not staring dreamily at pictures of Kim Jong Un, Kier frequents the Twitter.
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