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That Flaming Twerking Girl Video Is a Fake, Courtesy of Jimmy Kimmel

You knew, right? Because no one who actually set herself aflame would then upload a video of that happening to YouTube, where it would be viewed nine million times?

Or, as Jimmy Kimmel points out at the end of this clip,* maybe you just didn’t care: Maybe you were one of the gazillion media outlets that published the video, because why not?

* “Good thing nothing’s happening in Syria right now,” said Kimmel, munching on some metaphorical cake.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald