Whoops. A Chicago news crew started reporting live on a small plane that had crashed onto a city street, causing a traffic jam and blocking up the street.
The only problem: The plane crash was not in fact real. It was shot for an upcoming episode of Chicago Fire, the Huffington Post tells us.
WGN anchors Robin Baumgarten and Larry Potash reported on the incident for a few minutes until they were informed that it was all a set up for the show.
"Are you kidding me? They might want to tell the news folks when they're doing this and shutting down King Drive," Baumgarten says in segment.
Potash and Baumgarten spent a minute or so being flabbergasted on air. But to their credit, they had some fun with the whole thing after they realized their big blunder. First, of course, they reassured viewers that the rest of the news was real-the plane crash segment was the only (accidental) spoof on the morning news.
Then, throughout the day, the WGN news team tweeted about the blooper and played a clip of "breaking news"-Godzilla storming through Soldier Field.
They're hardly the first to fall for a fake news story.
This week, China's People's Daily seemed to believe that Kim Jung Un had been named the sexiest man alive…by The Onion
The English-language website reported on The Onion's article--complete with 55-page slideshow filled with photos of the dashing new leader in uniform and atop horses.
But not everyone thinks the editors were that gullible. NPR reports that the article may have a subversive way for the editors at the paper to speak out against the community party. And now, the original link has been taken down thanks to all of the internet fanfare.
This might have been one of the most high-profile goofs The Onion pulled off, but it's certainly not the first time big shots and journalists have bought the satirical paper's stories.
In 2011, an article titled "Planned Parenthood Opens $8 Billion Abortionplex" caught the attention of one Louisiana legislator.
John Flemming, a Republican representative, posted about the Abortionplex that wasn't on his Facebook wall and asked his supports to believe it, according to The Atlantic Wire.
Even worse: Flemming noticed the story in February 2012, more than six months after the article had been posted on The Onion. When it made the rounds the first time, it went viral and even inspired fake Yelp reviews of the center--proving just how out of touch Flemming was.
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