Newspaper claims Armstrong admitted moon landing was a hoax

Satire mistaken as news: On Monday, August 31 The Onion published an article claiming that Neil Armstrong had been convinced, after watching a few "persuasive YouTube videos," that "his historic first step on the moon was part of an elaborate hoax orchestrated by the United States government." A few days later this claim was picked up by a Bangladeshi newspaper, the Daily Manab Zamin, and run as fact. The paper has now apologized for its mistake, noting "We've since learned that the fun site [The Onion] runs false and juicy reports based on a historic incident." (Thanks to Tom Littrell)


Posted on Fri Sep 04, 2009


It's easy to think that this could only happen in a backwards country like Bangladesh, but many U.S. Americans took the following spoof story at face value. I've seen angry people seriously discussing it on several forums:

"Pittsburgh, PA. The Super Bowl XLIII Champion Pittsburgh Steelers, the only team to win six titles, will soon be loosing half of those trophies. After a meeting between NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodel and President Barack Hussain Obama, Obama decided to redistribute half of their Steeler Super Bowl victories and trophies to less fortunate teams in the league.
Posted by eovti  in  Sandefjord, Norway  on  Fri Sep 04, 2009  at  11:46 AM
Posted by Canadarm  on  Sat Sep 05, 2009  at  07:57 PM
The Apollo moon landings were a hoax. They used front screen projection see:
Posted by Proveright  in  England  on  Mon Sep 07, 2009  at  02:17 AM
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