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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. 1: Faking News? WTF!  Why should I read news that you admit is fake?

Q. 2: So it’s all work of fiction? Nothing here is true or real?

Q. 3: I find some of your news pretty much believable and possible. Why do you call it fake?

Q. 4: Why do you call it “Faking News” if some of your reports can happen or have already happened in reality?

Q. 5: So you are mocking television news channels and personalities?

Q. 6: Who gave you the right to mock at others?

Q. 7: I didn’t find your article funny. What were you thinking?

Q. 8: I was so hurt by your article. Why did you write that?

Q. 9: I suspect political leanings in your writing. Do you support <insert the name of any political party that you hate>?

Q 10: Are you Anti-Hindu? Anti-Muslim? Manuwadi? some other shit?

Q. 11: Hey, don’t you guys copy “The Onion”?

Q. 12: What is with this name Pagal Patrakar? Does it represent some individual or a team?

Q. 13: Who is Pagal Patrakar in real life?

Q. 14: If Pagal Patrakar is an individual, why the hell does he use “we” or “us” for Faking News?

Q. 15: I want to join Faking News. How should I apply?

Q. 16: I want to write for Faking News. How should I proceed?

Q. 17: I commented on this website, but it didn’t appear/was deleted. Why?

Now the answers begin, and yeah, these answers are NOT fake!

Q. 1: Faking News? WTF!  Why should I read news that you admit is fake?

Ans. 1:  %@#$&! Or maybe you missed the “About Us” section of the website?

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Q. 2: So it’s all work of fiction? Nothing here is true or real?

Ans. 2: A work of fiction is not necessarily or by definition about false stuff. In fact, fiction is often inspired from reality, and so are the articles of Faking News.

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Q. 3: I find some of your news pretty much believable and possible. Why do you call it fake?

Ans. 3: As answered above, Faking News is NOT all about fantasy stuff that are absolutely false and imaginary. In fact, most of them are not only believable, they have every chance to happen in real life, or maybe they have already happened in our lives.

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Q. 4: Why do you call it “Faking News” if some of your reports can happen or have already happened in reality?

Ans. 4: Bhai maaf kar do! The website is called Faking News because it’s a catchy term and has been used by many commentators to mock the overuse of the term “Breaking News” i.e. sensational and irresponsible reporting. This website also aims to mock that aspect of journalism, and hence that name.

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Q. 5: So you are mocking television news channels and personalities?

Ans. 5: We are not mocking anyone in particular. Faking News is an attempt to bring out the absurdities and idiosyncrasies of Indian life. Television journalism, along with stuffs like politics, religion, culture, caste, relationships, office life, education system, technology, etc. is a part of the Indian life and hence some of the articles will be targeted at them as well.

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Q. 6: Who gave you the right to mock at others?

Ans. 6: We are not mocking at others. We are mocking at ourselves. We are a part of this society.

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Q. 7: I didn’t find your article funny. What were you thinking?

Ans. 7: Not every article can be funny for each person, maybe it was not ‘your type’ of article. Readers of Faking News are not homogeneous.

Or maybe, it was not meant to be funny at first place. Please don’t expect Santa-Banta type jokes here. News satire is a very different style of comedy – subtle, satirical, sarcastic, irreverent and sometimes even morbid or dark.

Or maybe it was really a bad article. Take your pick.

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Q. 8: I was so hurt by your article. Why did you write that?

Ans. 8: SORRY if you were hurt, but most probably you misunderstood us.

As we pointed out earlier, news satire can also contain irreverent or dark humor, which is not easily appreciated by everyone, especially in our society. Some people even find it disgusting, but then it has a purpose. Believe us, it’s not aimed at hurting anyone.

Normally you’d express your anger and disgust in the comments section on the website or the facebook page (and in normal cases we would neither delete those comments nor respond to them) but we’d encourage you to write to us if you really feel strongly about something, it would benefit both of us.

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Q. 9: I suspect political leanings in your writing. Do you support <insert the name of any political party that you hate>?

Ans. 9: LOL!

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Q 10: Are you Anti-Hindu? Anti-Muslim? Manuwadi? some other shit?

Ans. 10: OMG!

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Q. 11: Hey, don’t you guys copy “The Onion”?

Ans. 11: Yes, if you think Virender Sehwag copies Sachin Tendulkar or Prasoon Joshi copies Gulzar.

The Onion is undoubtedly the inspiration, but news satire or fake news reporting didn’t start with The Onion. Classic English novelist Mark Twain was one the earliest known writers of fake news, who wrote news satire more than a hundred years ago. He had to leave his city after receiving threats as many people believed his fake stories as being truthful!

So you know, this is a dangerous stuff that we are doing, please be considerate in accusing.

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Q. 12: What is with this name Pagal Patrakar? Does it represent some individual or a team?

Ans. 12: Pagal Patrakar is the pseudonym of the person who started Faking News and is the founder-editor of this website, and hence it represents an individual. Articles that are not written by Pagal Patrakar are published with different names, as is preferred by the contributing writer in each case.

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Q. 13: Who is Pagal Patrakar in real life?

Ans. 13: It’s not a secret but not worth putting up on this website, as this website is more about the concept of news satire than the writer himself.

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Q. 14: If Pagal Patrakar is an individual, why the hell does he use “we” or “us” for Faking News?

Ans. 14: We have no idea!

But on a serious note, though Faking News started virtually as a personal blog of Pagal Patrakar, it has grown from that position rather quickly and has a team of its own (apart from volunteering contributors and citizen journalists at FN 2.0), and hence the use of “we” or “us” is no longer a fake expression.

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Q. 15: I want to join Faking News. How should I apply?

Ans. 15: Faking News has a small team and it may not need expansions too often, hence career opportunities are limited. However, if and when an opportunity arises in the editorial team, we approach those who have been regular contributors to FN 2.0, while there would be announcements in case non-editorial team members are required.

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Q. 16: I want to write for Faking News. How should I proceed?

Ans. 16: Sure. Please read this. Make sure your report is at least 300 words long but not too long (say over 900 words).

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Q. 17: I commented on this website, but it didn’t appear/was deleted. Why?

Ans. 17: Normally we don’t moderate or delete comments. Your comment might have been marked as spam by Akismet and it would be manually approved whenever an administrator reviews it.

If it was deleted, it could have been due to one of the following reasons: irrelevant content, unwarranted foul/hateful language, or invalid e-mail address.

If it’s not downright horrible or senseless, we do try to contact the author on the e-mail address provided before deleting the comment, so please enter a valid e-mail address before commenting.

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