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April 19, 2008

More made up newspapers

Posted by : Michael Lund
Filed under : Language, Media, Print

Only the other day I wrote about how annoying it was reading and hearing "Made up newspaper" names.

Today I read with shock and awe that someone has now made a national newspaper out of a regional one.

"Britain's Evening Standard newspaper reported that..." goes the story on several news websites on Russia's outgoing President Vladimir Putin saying he's apparently dumped his wife of 25 years for a former Olympic gymnast and one-time model half his age.

There is no such newspaper. The Evening Standard is a London newspaper that has a wider circulation in the south east of England (no doubt bought by those people who live in Brighton but call London home).

Putin says "There is not a single word of truth" in a report in METRO.co.uk (Thursday 17 April 2008) which sources the comments first appearing in the tabloid Moskovsky Korrespondent.

But as if to add insult to injury, the website news.com.au in "Putin 'to wed' young nude model gymnast" (Friday 18 April 2008) refers to rumours of a relationship "...according to London's Daily Telegraph".

Again, no such newspaper. The Daily Telegraph is a national newspaper in the UK.

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