By Katie Nelson
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In the past, Shanghaiist has given China’s national tabloid the Global Times some flack for its biased reporting and for its tendency to present journalism more sensational and yellow than these rape flowers that were the focus of one the site’s headlines. However, their journalistic timeliness was on-point Friday, the International Day Against Homophobia, when the news source published a story about former US secretary Hillary Clinton revealing the “true nature of her sexuality”.
The piece, focusing on Hillary’s upcoming memoir, was titled “Hillary’s new book will tell shocking stories – bisexuality topping her list”, and the story was sourced straight from the pages of one America’s finest and most reputable news publications, the National Enquirer, a supermarket tabloid that revels in bold headlines, celebrity gossip, and sensational scandals often constructed around vague tips from anonymous sources.
According to the South China Morning Post:
Admitting the US tabloid isn’t known for its credibility, the Global Times defended its source by praising its efforts in revealing the extramarital affair of former US senator John Edwards.
The Clinton story was quickly picked up the Xinhua News Agency hours later-word for word – listing “bisexuality ” and “Hillary” as the story’s keywords.
This original Enquirer article claims that in Hillary’s upcoming memoir, the “biggest bombshell” she will drop “is the flagrant lie she’s been telling for decades about the true nature of her sexuality.”
According to a source, Hillary will also confirm The ENQUIRER’s report in 2000 that a veterinarian who treated the family cat Socks at the White House stumbled upon her locked in a steamy embrace with a woman.
While it has been announced that Hillary Clinton will be writing a memoir to be published by 2014,Washington Post reports that “Clinton will discuss her role in and thoughts on the killing of Osama bin Laden, the Arab Spring and other major world events of the past four years,” as well as reveal various “personal anecdotes” about her interactions with world leaders.
Chinese media have been deceived by unreliable or fake foreign news sources in the past. Notable cases include the CCTV’s coverage of a satirical news story put out by US political comedian Jon Stewart, and that time People’s Daily congratulated Kim Jong-un for being named by the Onion as the Sexiest Man Alive.