It’s sad how “news websites” in Lebanon so liberally steal articles without mentioning the source or taking permission, what’s even more sadder, and actually hilarious, is when they think a satirical article is an actually a serious one. The epitome of what’s sad is that some people actually believe it, and share it…
The latest such stupidity crime was done by LebanonFiles.com, which out of all things, decided that “scientists in Germany” proved that there is “life after death”, which they stole from the lame WorldNewsDailyReport.com.
This news of course is not true. It was published on Empirenews.net, a satirical news website. Unfortunately, the ElMarada website didn’t let that stop them from publishing a translated version of the story under the name “Al Anba2″ (which is unclear if they man the newspaper in Lebanon, or an “Anba2″ category on their website).
Anyway, the really funny part is people’s reactions. Those with enough wit to remember to Google first, made loads of funny and politically-charged rebukes at this blooper, but, funnier still were the people who bought it, like this person here:
It roughly translates to: “Of course the terrorist and chief of the gangs of death is a drug dealer. This is nothing new for us, but where is his stupid American people?”
This reminds me of the time when Iranian media thought a The Onion piece claiming Ahmadinejad’s approval rates in the US were higher than Obama’s, was true, and ran with it very seriously =P
Websites like Elmarada.org, Tayyar.org, Kataeb.org, Lebanese-Forces.com and others are horrible at what they’re supposed to do: offer news. Instead, they’re amazing at publishing crap, stealing content without proper annotations and other juvenile, typical Lebanese politics idiocies.
I have to say, there were plenty of good taunts and jokes, but this one was brilliantly adapted to turn it into a cheeky advertisement. I’m suddenly craving wings! Photo from the Lord of the Wings FB page.