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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

This Week In Review #35


We here at the Daily Bungle wish to provide a public service by testing our readers to see how well they can differentiate real news from fake news. One of the following news stories is real. The rest are fake. Can you tell the satire from the real deal?

Bernie Sanders Plunges In Polls Following Koch Endorsement


Bernie Sanders Plunges In Polls Following Koch Endorsement

His supporters no longer “Feel the Bern” after conservative billionaire Charles Koch praised him on certain issues.

Dan Blather
Daily Bungle

Bernie Sanders took a massive nosedive in national polls after one of the Koch Brothers said that he agreed with the Democratic presidential candidate on certain issues despite their political differences.

The Vermont senator, who has been riding on a populist campaign fueled by young voters, saw his poll numbers decrease by as much as ten percent, causing him to fall far behind his rival, Hillary Clinton, with whom he had only recently and slowly caught up to in the polls.

This sharp decline in the polls came about following a Washington Post op-ed by conservative billionaire Charles Koch, the other half of the controversial Koch Brothers, opposite his brother, David.

Despite him and his brother donating heavily to conservative politicians and political causes, Charles said that he agreed with the Democratic senator that the political system has been heavily-rigged towards special interests, and that it required much-needed reform.

“The senator is upset with a political and economic system that is often rigged to help the privileged few at the expense of everyone else, particularly the least advantaged,” he wrote. “I agree with him.”

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

This Week In Review #34


We here at the Daily Bungle wish to provide a public service by testing our readers to see how well they can differentiate real news from fake news. One of the following news stories is real. The rest are fake. Can you tell the satire from the real deal?

Mussolini Nominated For Posthumous Nobel Peace Prize


Mussolini Nominated For Posthumous Nobel Peace Prize

Former Italian dictator nominated for peace prize for his “peace through strength ideology.”

Walter Crockpot
Daily Bungle

Benito Mussolini, the former Italian dictator responsible for the deaths of 400,000 Italians during World War II, has been nominated for a posthumous Nobel Peace Prize.

The Italian dictator is one of several nominations selected by the Norwegian Nobel Committee for a new posthumous prize to be awarded to historic figures whose actions in their life helped further the cause of world peace.

Other nominations being considered for this new award include Indian Independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, and Polio vaccine developer Jonas Salk, all of whom never won the Nobel Prize during their lifetimes.

However, the most curious nomination by far is that of Mussolini, the WWII Italian fascist dictator responsible for 430,000 deaths, including 400,000 Italians and 30,000 Ethiopians during the Italian occupation of Ethiopia.

The nomination was made by an unidentified Italian nominator who proposed Mussolini for his “vigorous peace through strength ideology”, and for the many contributions made under his rule, including mass infrastructure projects for railroads, sports stadiums, schools, and bridges, and subsidies towards the steel and iron industries.

“And don’t forget that he made the trains run on time,” the nomination letter further elucidated.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

This Week In Review #33


We here at the Daily Bungle wish to provide a public service by testing our readers to see how well they can differentiate fake news from real news.

This week, we're changing things up. Four of the following stories are real, but one is fake. Can you tell the satire apart from the real deal?

Not Satire: App Lets You Pay For Your Privilege


Unfortunately, I do not have a Daily Bungle article for this week. I will try to have one ready by next week. Until then, here’s an instance of reality reflecting satire.

Do you remember the Daily Bungle article I wrote a while back about a restaurant that charged its customers on a sliding scale based upon their “privilege” or lack thereof, with white males paying more for their meals than black women? Well, turns out there’s now an app for that.

I’m not kidding. There’s actual an app in development that will allow people to divvy up their meal tabs based upon their inherent privilege or lack thereof.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

This Week In Review #32


We here at the Daily Bungle wish to provide a public service by testing our readers to see how well they can differentiate fake news from real news. This week, we're switching things up a bit. Three of the following stories are fake, but two are real. Can you tell the real deals from the not-so-real ones? (Hint: Fans of Radio Dead Air will recognize the real news story from their recent episode.)

Cologne Mandates Burkas For Women


German women must protect themselves from being raped by migrants by wearing Islamic head coverings, city decrees.

Moron Dowd
Daily Bungle

Women living in the German city of Cologne will have to cover themselves from head-to-toe before appearing in public now that the city has adopted a strict dress code that would require all women to dress according to dress restrictions as dictated by Islamic Sharia Law.

The dress code would require women, regardless of whether or not they are of Islamic faith, to wear Islamic head coverings such as hijabs or burkas. While their head coverings are not required to conceal their entire face, they should conceal most of their head and chest, with the rest of their clothing being loose fitting enough as to not highlight the outlines of their bodies.

These new restrictions were passed in response to a series of sexual assaults that occurred earlier this year during the city’s New Year’s Eve celebration, where up to 1,000 women reported being sexually assaulted and even raped, allegedly by migrants.