This just in: The moon landings were not faked. This may not seem like news to you, but to readers of two Bangladeshi newspapers, it's the subject of a surprise apology. Blame a lack of fact-checkers... and fake news sources.
Earlier this week, the Daily Manab Zamin reported that Neil Armstrong had held a press conference by confessing that the 1969 moon landings had been "an elaborate hoax," and saw its story being picked up by competing newspaper the New Nation. The problem being, the Manab Zamin's source for the story was this story from satirical news site The Onion, which editors at the Manab Zamin were not entirely familiar with. The apology from the paper reads,
We thought it was true so we printed it without checking... We didn't know the Onion was not a real news site. We've since learned that the fun site runs false and juicy reports based on a historic incident. The Moon landing one was such a story, which received numerous hits on the internet. The truth is that Neil Armstrong never gave such an interview. It was made up. We are sorry for publishing the report without checking the information.
Score one for journalistic integrity... And maybe another for the Onion's sense of faux-realism.