Parody site The Daily Currant managed to fool a few readers in August with its scoop regarding Todd Akin‚Äôs ‚Äúhomosexuality cure.‚ÄĚ People who wanted it to be true didn‚Äôt bother checking the source before retweeting the news, and this Christmas, they were anxious to share news that Fox News host Bill O‚ÄôReilly had taken his ‚ÄúWar on Christmas‚ÄĚ to a new level by punching a department store Santa.
No, he didn‚Äôt. The original story ran under the headline, ‚ÄúBill O‚ÄôReilly Arrested For Assaulting Department Store Santa,‚ÄĚ and claimed that a Santa‚Äôs wish of ‚Äúhappy holidays‚ÄĚ rather than ‚Äúmerry Christmas‚ÄĚ drove the TV host to violence. Other blogs copied the piece outright, albeit with more colorful headlines, such as this one:
If you believe O‚ÄôReilly‚Äôs a terrorist, believing he‚Äôd punch Santa isn‚Äôt much of a stretch.
(Hat tip: Johnny Dollar‚Äôs Place)