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Who would've guessed?!?

I don't often have cause to pick up Weekly World News, but I got the newest issue as a prank for one of the guys at work. Now, anyone with more than 2 functioning brain cells knows that the whole thing is a total crock, but I didn't realize until just now that despite the tag line of "The World's Only Reliable Newspaper" it doesn't even carry the pretense of being a legitimate paper!

The inside front cover carries the following disclaimer:

"Weekly World News articles are drawn from different sources and most are fictitious. Weekly World News uses invented names in many of its stories, except in cases where public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental. The reader should suspend belief for the sake of enjoyment."

Strangely, I now have a modicum of respect for them. zensidhe and I were wondering how much they pay for stories. I'm sure I could easily turn out a dozen or so a month... ;-)

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siren_sings
Mar. 23rd, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
i LOVE Weekly World News! Favorite headline: "Dwarf Rapes Nun, Flees in UFO." Even better than the Bat Boy series. Okay - maybe not quite. But damned close!
zotmeister
Mar. 24th, 2006 07:45 am (UTC)
...I didn't realize until just now that despite the tag line of "The World's Only Reliable Newspaper" it doesn't even carry the pretense of being a legitimate paper!

The inside front cover carries the following disclaimer...


By saying "despite", I think you're missing the point. You see, the disclaimer is what makes the newspaper so reliable! They GUARANTEE every article is inaccurate. - ZM
tacit
Mar. 28th, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC)
A guy I went to school with, Grant, writes for the Weekly World News. He calls what he does "creative nonfiction." It's surprisingly difficult, and my understanding is it doesn't pay as much as you might think...
datan0de
Mar. 29th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
Our assumption was that it doesn't pay well enough to be a career unto itself unless you're pretty much writing the entire newspaper. Given that it's put out weekly (as opposed to monthly) I doubt I could produce that kind of volume, but I think I could manage a couple of articles each week of at least equal caliber to what they're currently publishing.

It'd certainly be fun to try!
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