If you’re an avid fan of the satire newspaper ‘The Onion‘, you know that any news that comes from the publication is purposely and hilariously false. But with all the craziness happening in our world today, it’s understandable that someone might think an Onion article is true. That’s why it’s so important to check, and double-check your sources before posting an article. For ESPN reporter Laura Rutledge, she learned the hard way.
— The Onion (@TheOnion) September 30, 2017
When a tweet sent out by The Onion caught Rutledge’s attention, she quickly backfired, unaware that others would catch her on her slip-up. The reporter went on to claim in her own tweet that she’s never done a Notre Dame game, and that specific day she was in Knoxville attending a football game. She was eventually informed by her colleagues what The Onion was and later deleted the tweet. Here are a few of the responses.
The Onion is a parody. Plus you’d never do such a thing.
— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) October 1, 2017
Uh, Laura, look up The Onion.
— Brandon Kamerman (@B_Kamerman) October 1, 2017
The Onion is satire news babe…. chill
— Jarron Paul Davis (@jarronpaul) October 1, 2017
Let this be a sober reminder for all reporters fact-check their information before being trolled by online users.