The New York Times admitted today it was fooled by The Onion and ran fake material based on the satirical newspaper's article.
In an article published last week called "Tiger Beat: Still Squeaky Clean After All These Years," the NYT ran a photo of the magazine with a photo of President Barack Obama on the cover.
The Times' correction today said:
A series of pictures last Sunday of covers of the magazine Tiger Beat, with an article about how the original teen-girl tabloid has remained virtually unchanged since its inception in 1965, erroneously included a parody cover, produced by the satiric newspaper The Onion, that featured a picture of President Obama.
Here's the fake "Tiger Beat" cover created by The Onion:
The Onion article, titled "Barack Obama Tiger Beat Cover Clinches Slumber Party Vote," had Obama admitting "I sing in the shower" and included the following quote:
"Barack is sooooo hot!" said 12-year-old Tiger Beat subscriber Beth Majors upon reading the issue, which included a "supercute" poster of Obama leaning against the Lincoln Memorial and an interview in which he revealed that his most inspirational hero is "you." "He so totally has my support. Obama in '08!"
It's mind-boggling to think that major newspapers are still getting fooled by The Onion. A recent issue featured Bob Dole as a cyborg!
But I guess in an America where significant portions of the population believe Obama is a Muslim, the moon landing was a hoax and the Sun revolves around the Earth, we can't really blame the New York Times for thinking The Onion is a real newspaper.