A revealing little joke

Cartoon borrowed & translated from German satirical magazine Titanic (click on image for larger version).



For those who speak German, one of many proofs can be found here – the story of a ridiculous piece of manipulated information that was picked up from Wikepedia by journalists and then quickly spread across the national media landscape – appearing in the printed versions or websites of most leading daily papers (taz, Bild, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Tagesspiegel), as well as some leading business papers (Handelsblatt) and weekly magazines (Spiegel) plus one of Germany’s state TV programmes (ZDF). On Wikipedia, the information was later ‘verified’ on the basis of an article in Spiegel Online - which had used Wikepedia as a source.


Short mention of this also in The Times today: “The full name of the new German economics minister is Karl-Theodor Maria Nikolaus Johann Jakob Philipp Franz Joseph Sylvester Freiherr von und zu Guttenberg. (Is it any wonder their operas go on for so long?) This has not stopped some joker adding an unnecessary ‘Wilhelm’ to his Wikipedia entry, an addition slavishly followed by the flower of the German press.


Perhaps that’s what happens if editorial offices get too empty as a result of economic pressure?

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