13 August, 2008

Factchecking - Not So Much

Faux News strikes again. Trust these numbskulls to get a report about a fucking fast food restaurant wrong (h/t Carpetbagger):

Last Thursday, Fox News ran a brief segment on a KFC restaurant opening in Fallujah before segueing into an interview with former CENTCOM Commander Tommy Franks, who was asked to comment on the presence of an American fast food restaurant in the notoriously violent Iraqi city. "Do they have a drive-thru window?" Steve Doocy asks....

Um, no, Steve, they don't. That would be because there is no fucking KFC in Fallujah.

Now, call us cynical, but something about that segment seemed off -- oddly upbeat even. On Friday I put in a call to KFC headquarters to ask if the Fallujah chicken joint is the real deal. KFC told me they were looking into the matter. Today, Yum! Restaurants International spokesman Christophe Lecureuil wrote me back:

I understand you wanted some details about the store in Falluja that looks like a KFC. This store is not approved by KFC International and we have working with the US Military to warn the troops of this situation.
My, my, imagine that: Faux News forgot to check their facts again. Why bother, when making shit up is so much easier? It's not like their viewers aren't used to accepting lies as gospel truth, after all.

Well, shitty "reporting" deserves equally shitty putdown-puns: Dumbclucks.

Ahem. Sorry.

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