Someone should satirize this: The New Yorker magazine’s website has broken with tradition and labeled the Andy Borowitz Report as “Not the News.”
Borowitz has been crafting plausible-but-nonsensical takes on current events since 2001, and his fans get the joke. They’re not real news reports.
But social media sharing of the latest Borowitz hilarity apparently has led some to take him seriously. So to avoid his work being lumped in with “fake news” posts, the magazine has taken steps to clarify what he does.
— Eric Ziegenhagen (@ericzieg) December 4, 2016
Women’s Wear Daily noted: “Last week, the magazine changed the tagline of Andy Borowitz’s popular online satirical humor column, which consistently tops The New Yorker’s trending chart, from ‘the news, reshuffled’ to the more blunt ‘not the news’ and added a banner to prominently display the new tagline when the posts get shared on social media.”
NewYorker.com editor Nicholas Thompson was quoted as saying: “Obviously Andy’s stories are not real. We always want to make it clear that it’s satire. We never want readers to think that they are the real news.
“The reasons why we made the adjustment are both public concern, and then also, there’s a proliferation of stuff that is not real. So it might be harder to distinguish a Borowitz Report post on Facebook now than it was a year ago.”
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“You don’t want to have to have a headline that says: ‘This is a Joke, Trump to Split Time Between Trump Tower and the Kremlin,’” Thompson said. “You want somebody to look at that and then realize it’s a joke.”
Some still don’t get the joke.
will the fake news war inadvertently force the new yorker’s hand in finally killing the borowitz report? pic.twitter.com/e7fvaRZvVY
— Internet Person™⭐️ (@TimHerrera) December 12, 2016
I don’t get the point of the Borowitz Report
— JuanPa (@jpbrammer) December 10, 2016
this whole fake-news fight will be so worth it if it ends with the Borowitz Report finally being shut down
— DENALI (@timothypmurphy) December 9, 2016
I swear if Trump makes the Borowitz Report illegal I’ll turn my support to him https://t.co/QsRav4mkfR
— Michele (@inthefade) December 6, 2016
Andy Borowitz is a moron. Those who voted Trump love their country. Those who tried to stop him are ignorant selfish traitors https://t.co/5S92200qpR
— My Info (@askthemayven) December 4, 2016
I don’t understand how Andy Borowitz is considered one of America’s great modern satirists when the Borowitz Report is so so terrible
— shane (@NapGameShane) December 4, 2016