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FoxNews.com has got its knickers in a twist about the birthplace of some pop band called the Beatles. As illustrated below, the US news outfit is quite certain in a news article curiously carrying a Wall Street Journal byline that the Fab Four are from Manchester and not Liverpool. Fox says Beatles are from Manchester …

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Meh

So about as accurate as EVER OTHER REPORT ON FOX NEWS! Pardon me for shouting....

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Well there we go,

Fox News - high quality journalism at its finest. Thank the Lord that we have someone as trustworthy and capable as Murdoch feeding us our news.

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Who'da thunk it

Fox News getting its facts wrong.

Bet other media outlets are shi**ing themselves.

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Manchester Mopheads

If they are the preferred Mopheads of Manchester, then they are Manchester's favourite Mopheads, no matter whence they came, innit? You don't know of any Mopheads that Manchester likes better than the Beatles, right?

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@Subtilior

Y'know, I was thinking the same thing. A bit pedantic, it may be, but still accurate (from a certain point of view).

It's just like saying that Man Utd is the Falklands' favourite football team (which, given the distance between Manchester and the Falklands is probably true....)

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erm...

Happy Mondays

Stone Roses

The Fall

Morrissey

The Smiths

808 State

My mate Bill who sings down the pub occasionally.

Practically ANYONE, in fact, because of the historical enmity between the two cities.

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re: erm...

I lounge corrected, except I'm not sure all of those count as mopheads though.

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"Manchester"?

Aren't The Fall technically a Salford band, rather than a Manchester one?

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Not the first people to get those two mixed up

If you ever play Resistance, watch with mirth as the cities of England keep swapping places in the FMVs.

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Confused

I think Faux News have confused the original scouse mop heads with the tribute band called Oasis from Manchester. Easy mistake to make, after all that beacon of democracy also told us Bush won 2 elections...

Paris, because we will still be making jokes when the members of Oasis as old as the surviving Beatles are now.

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Re: Confused

How much subversion can you cram into one comment? Amazing.

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Nice one

Very well done though. Innit?

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Badgers

Well you did ask.

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...Would that be enough?

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Black Helicopters

Bush had a majority vote!

I remember it in 2000! 5 Conservative Supreme Court justices to 4 Liberals voted him in. Isn't that the way democracy works?

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Sorry Sarah.....Please don't hit me......AGAINNNNNNNNnnnnn....

Bleeding bhaand ter 'appen iffen yer lets ruddy kids write storys, innit!?

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Oh come on!

It'll almost certainly turn out that they looked it up on Wikipedia.....

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Wikipedia

As it's now a published "fact", it can be cited on Wikipedia.

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Anonymous Coward

Only if..

It comes from a reliab source with a reputation for fact checking.

So that's a no.

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Im sure it wont be that big a deal.

After all, Scousers are famed for their level-headedness....

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Are ye pickin' a fight? Are ye pickin' a fight?

They do that though, don't they though?

Ah, The Fast Show... Brilliant!

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Headmaster

as a real scouser....

that should be,,,

"de do dat dough, don't de dough...."

or more accurately...

"dee do dough don't de dough...."

if the first was from the fast show (which i never watched) like wikipedia and faux news... they got it wrong...

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WTF?

Fast Show?

Weren't 'The Scousers' from the Harry Enfield shows?

Admittedly they did both had Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson involved...

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Re: dey do dat dough...

I suspect it was first from Stan Boardman, well before the fast show

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Dey do dough don't dey?

That was shirley Ringo in Yellow Submarine before it was Stan Boardman. Of course, as eny fule know Ringo was actually Paul Angelis.

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Happy

They still think

Obama was born in Iranistan or somwhere forrin, so why let facts get in the way?

FAIR AND BALANCED OR ELSE!!!!

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Melon

You're twisting my melon man

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Re: Melon

Call the mops.

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But which one?

New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut or Tennessee.

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Fox News

Only claim to be "fair and balanced*", not factually correct.

To anyone who has ever watched Fox News (try it when very drunk - it is much funnier) the fact that they got the facts wrong is as surprising as learning that Katie Perry bounces her boobies around a lot in her letest video.

*That they are neither fair nor balanced is beside the point.

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Fox News - Fair and Balanced

First rule of advertising and PR - take the worst negative aspect of the clients brand, invert it and then repeat this message as widely as possible.

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I thought Fox News

was a contradiction in terms

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It's FauxNews - what's news here?

Seriously asking. How. Is. It. Surprising?

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Wikipedia

I did go and check that no one had hacked the Beatles' Wikipedia entry to read Manchester rather than Liverpool. That would have been the icing on the cake.

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But

The iTunes release has been added.

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Improvement

Actually that's something of an improvement on the usual standard of British geography found in the US media. At least they got the right county (just so long as you stick to the old county designations). It's certainly an improvement on the usual assumption that everything in England comes from London.

The last time I was in the states I was in Wichita and a local pointed out that my accent was unusual and asked where I was from. I replied that I was from Pontefract, Yorkshire in England. "I thought," he replied, evidently satisfied, "that you were from out of town." As far as he was concerned the world was split into two geographic areas, Wichita and "out of town". Other than that he seemed bright enough, so it wasn't that he was just some moron I'd stumbled accross.

Conversely a similar conversation in Portland illicited the response, "Pontefract? That's where the liqorice comes from, right?" But then I got the impression that Portland was a bit different from every other city I every visited in the US.

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Re: Improvement

When I worked there the usual response to whereI was from was, "England? Is that in London?"

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I did once get this fine example:

"What's the flag with the dragon on?"

"That's Wales."

"Aaah, Wales! That's in Scotland, right?"

"Not quite."

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Fabulous river Mersey

Well, the fabulous river Mersey does go through south M/cr. I used to cross it on my way to work.

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Eh?

The Mersey goes near the city of Manchester, but not through it, but I don't see what that's got to do with it. The River Calder flows near Halifax but it wouldn't mean that anybody mixing up Halifax and Wakefield was suddenly right.

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And the Manchester Ship Canal goes through Liverpool.

But this doesn't explain a fuck-up of a proportion that only Fox could manage.

Beatles, from Manchester? Well, that's given me my daily dose of laughs in one sitting.

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does too!

It goes through Chorlton

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No it doesn't

The fabulous Manchester Ship Canal* runs south of the Mersey along it's western banks, eventually emptying into the estuary on the Wirral side. It never gets anywhere particularly near the city of Liverpool.

*Fabulous 'cos I've always loved the sheer scale of ambition of those that decided Manchester could become a port to rival Liverpool, despite the fact it's 30+ miles inland!

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Hello little old lady*

"It goes through Chorlton"

It runs between Chorlton and Sale which hardly puts it running through Manchester does it?

*Never mind.

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Depends

I think a lot of people consider anywhere inside the M60 to be 'Manchester'...

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Salford

"I think a lot of people consider anywhere inside the M60 to be 'Manchester'..."

Don't tell the good burghers of Salford that.

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Separated at birth

Don't you think that one in the middle looks a bit like the facebook guy?

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The one in the middle

"the one in the middle"

I think you'll find that's Paul Lennon.

And yes he does a bit.

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Murdoch...

We all know he hates anything Liverpool related (try buying any of his publications, esp. The Sun on Merseyside!) but this is ridiculous! Is Kelvin "Odious Little Man" McKenzie editing the Fox News website now?

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Hardly surprising

I've just looked at the map, and Manchester is a good way to the right of Liverpool.

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Mopheads?

I'm surprised no one has pointed out that is is Moptops, not mopheads, unless Fox were being deliberately offensive.

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