AOL's breaking news service has fallen hook, line and sinker for a spoof story about alleged gunman Raoul Moat on satirical website The News Grind. "As officers and dogs move in, citizens from around the isle are anticipating a swift and gruesome conclusion to the national drama. Some are even clamouring for it, calling it the best live entertainment they’ve seen in some time," The News Grind article read, and AOL quoted this and other excerpts as if they were from a genuine source. As News Grind contributor Robin Brown summed it up by suggesting that perhaps even the news is beyond satire these days. Read more: Journalism.co.uk
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