Explaining the Difference Between Hoax and Satire

The following correspondence originally took place upon the Facebook wall of family…

Genaire: NYPD Officer Kills Baby Following Breastfeeding Argument:
http://nationalreport.net/nyc-police-officer-kills-baby-breastfeeding-argument/

Sara: It’s a hoax story.

Genaire: That’s good to know. I hadn’t gotten around to reading it yet.

Sara: Yeah, but sadly, with the police state and the NYPD’s actions lately, it’s very easy to believe.

Samantha P.: lol i completely flipped when i read this story until sara stepped in and saved my nerves!

Rayn: It’s actually satire, meaning that it wasn’t really meant to fool readers, so much as to make them think about the issue being addressed…

National Report Publisher Allen Montgomery Responds to Critics of NYPD Story:
http://nationalreport.net/national-report-publisher-allen-montgomery-responds/

(update: archived copy of above link located here: https://web.archive.org/web/20140813041956/http://nationalreport.net/national-report-publisher-allen-montgomery-responds/)

Daniel F.: Unfortunately a story like this one is all too believable these days. I’ve already lost count of how many totally outrageous headlines I’ve come across that I realized were satire only because they were from freewoodpost or some other satire site like it. (Not even the Onion – somehow they manage to keep coming up with stories and headlines that most people wouldn’t mistake for being actually real).

Wendy P.: OMG, I also felt my nerves tremble till I read entirely. Cops should be trained to know the law inside and out and know when citizens actually break a law. Citizens should also be made very aware of the law.

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