Let’s take you back a few years to this picture on the right.
Respected British newspaper the Daily Mirror became the victim of a “calculated and malicious hoax”, printing this and other photos purporting to show British abuse of Iraqi prisoners.
It ended with the editor -Piers Morgan- being sacked.
The BBC isn’t above being hoaxed either.
We once ran an interview from a spokesman claiming to represent Union Carbide and accepting responsibility for the Bhopal disaster.
Some Bhopal residents broke down in tears when they heard the news – something the hoaxer regretted.
I was on the wrong end of it once when somebody phoned a show i was doing claiming to be a Welsh bowls champion. He wasn’t who he said was, no harm was done, and the real champion came on later and saw the funny side of it.
But it was a close call.
This story has been one of the most popular of the day- the Bangladeshi newspapers who ran a story from the excellent Onion site – not realising it’s not a real news site.
The Daily Manab Zamin said US astronaut Neil Armstrong had shocked a news conference by saying he now knew it had been an “elaborate hoax”.
I hasten to add there was no deliberate attempt by the Onion to con anyone !
Here’s a list of other famous hoaxes.
Harmless fun or a joke that hurts people ?