AOL's day today - "800 schools close" to watch Raoul Moat shootout

7 July 2010

Hats off to AOL (yes, they still exist) for their coverage of the Raoul Moat manhunt in the North East of England. An AOL contributor decided to quote from reputable news source The News Grind (which is also carrying today's other leading story Frantic search for Time Team’s Tony Robinson – missing presumed buried):

Bitterwallet - AOL quote from spoof news site

AOL went on to quote directly from The News Grind article, without stopping for a moment to consider what it is they're quoting:

“I can scarcely wait for the climax,” confirmed Elsie White, 77, as she raced back to her house after picking up some toffees and copies of today’s paper from a local newsagent featuring the blood-soaked face of a police officer allegedly shot by Moat.

“We haven’t had a live event like this to enjoy for quite some time and there’s only old Doctors episodes on at this time of day.”

Families have been collecting children from schools and nurseries throughout the day so they could watch together, as expectations reached fever pitch that a violent firearms confrontation was imminent. Over 800 schools have closed across the country as a result.

[] and [The Angry Mob]

TOPICS:   Technology


  • Daniel Z.
  • Noodles
    yawnnnn another crap article by bitterwallet!
  • kev
    WRONG! the kids are being taken out of the school because the parent don't think they're safe there
  • Karan
    Journo Fail
  • Nobby
    The best bit ... A concerned Rothbury resident, who did not want to be named, made this heartfelt plea to The News Grind today: “If anybody has seen the gunman Raoul Moat, can you please tell him that the whole England team shagged his girlfriend too.”
  • tom
    Lol at kev, try another stick mate.
  • parpparp
    Well he does look like a twat.
  • PokeHerPete
    Gosh, Carl's article is not even Raoul Moatly funny.
  • Jase
    Twitter account of 'journalist' :
  • Meh
    They've edited their article now. Just goes to show there are very few journalists who actually get their information from legitimate sources, i.e. go out there themselves.
  • Alexis
    "Gosh, Carl’s article is not even Raoul Moatly funny." LOLl! Briliant!
  • Jase
    Does Google have the old version cached?
  • IfYouCopyMyNameYouAreGayIsGay
    " “Gosh, Carl’s article is not even Raoul Moatly funny.” LOLl! Briliant!" Brilliantly copied from Sickipedia. Well done.
  • Zleet
    Had the helicopters and police searching for him right near me the other day. Was bricking it while walking the dog through the forest behind my house.
  • crazy
    Too soon...
  • foxy
  • Lee, G.
  • Andy D.
    Soz Lee, sorted.
  • JayB
    "Carl Franzen Contributor Carl Franzen is a web journalist who has written articles and designed pages for Meredith Corporation, MSN UK and The Atlantic Wire. You can follow him on Twitter." Ctrl C Ctrl V

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