If you haven't seen this video, the fun starts at 1:25 and goes on for entirely too long -- which is to say that it should never have happened at all. The fact that somebody actually stood up at a city commission meeting to ask this question is astounding:
The article in question is, of course, the "Bad Cop Bingo" story posted on the Sandusky Regurgitator a few days ago.
My favorite part was when Don Icsman said that the Regurgitator is not a credible news source. Uh, yeah. We certainly hope not, given the fact that the brand is entirely satire.
For the highly discerning readers of the Register (that's sarcasm, by the way) who were unable to pick up on the rhetorical clues that the story was a spoof, ("Garbage Pail Cop cards? Really?) we included a few labels so there was no misunderstanding:
Thankfully, Dan Kaman explained that the Regurgitator is satirical and that the brand has been around for about 4 years. We like to think of it as a local version of The Onion - which should be noted - does not display tags that describe it as satire. The Onion doesn't label their website because the majority of people who read it don't need to be hit with a clue bat every time they encounter satire on the internet. There are incidents here and there where a legitimate news organization mistakenly believes that an Onion article is real, but rarely if ever do you see the news editors actually admit they were duped and that's because you know, it's embarassing.
But here in Sandusky we have people going to city commission meetings seeking clarification.
We don't know if we're supposed to laugh or cry about that.
From what I understand, the beef with the Bad Cop Bingo article is the fact that Lang is directly quoted. On that note, here's a sampling from the Onion where Vice President Joe Biden is given (fake) direct quotes. I suppose that if half the population emailed Biden to voice disgust with some of the inappropriate things he never said, he would have a problem with being given fake direct quotes too. Again, that doesn't happen because most people aren't that gullible.
As a reader pointed out in a prior commenting thread: We live in a relatively small midwestern town, so our standards are not the same as in the big city. I guess we have to be careful about blurring the lines between satire and reality or else we're gonna have a whole lot of people going to city commission meetings asking for their Bad Cop Bingo cards.