The Daily Squib

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The Daily Squib
Daily Squib newspaper logo.jpg
Type Daily Satire
Editor Aur Esenbel
Founded April 1, 2007 (2007-04-01)
Headquarters London, England
Official website Daily Squib.co.uk

The Daily Squib is a British satirical online publication created by satire writer Aur Esenbel,[1] and was officially launched on April Fool's Day, 2007. Its coverage extends across world politics, science, technology, business, sports and health.

Spoofs, humorous takes and social commentary[edit]

On February 7, 2008, The Daily Squib published a spoof article in which it was claimed that the Ku Klux Klan had chosen to endorse Barack Obama in the 2008 US Presidential elections in order to avoid the election of Hillary Clinton.[2] The spoof was misinterpreted by some readers as a factual article, and quickly became a widely circulated internet rumour that was discussed in articles by Reuters and The Times (London).[3][4] An article in the Tampa Bay Times subsequently reported that the Ku Klux Klan had been repeatedly contacted with requests to verify their stance regarding The Daily Squib's story.[5] And in April 2008, American rapper Snoop Dogg re-circulated the rumour generated by the Daily Squib story in an interview with The Guardian.[6]

On February 3, 2009, The Daily Squib published a humorous article satirizing the UK's helpless response to prolonged snowfall in February 2009. The spoof article claimed that Hitler had planned to use 'snow zeppelins' as weapons of attack in order 'to disrupt Britain's ability to function'.[7] The article was subsequently mentioned in the Daily Mail.[8]

On August 4, 2010, the Daily Squib published a spoof article detailing the exploits of a masturbating Transportation Security Administration official and a full body X-ray scanner. The satirical story drew considerable attention, such that the TSA ultimately issued a public statement denying that the incident had occurred on their blog.[9]

A Daily Squib story satirizing an interview with former United States Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger first published on November 27, 2011 was cited as a factual story by flagship Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram,[10] on September 16, 2012. The Daily Squib Kissinger satire, was also mentioned by former John Major era Chancellor of the Exchequer, Norman Lamont on March 6, 2012 in the New Statesman.[11]

On the 19th October 2012 a Daily Squib article [12] which featured a fake EU poster that contained the Soviet hammer and sickle symbol was mistaken for a real EU poster by the Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Daily Squib About". The Daily Squib. 1 April 2007. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ku Klux Klan Endorses Obama". The Daily Squib. 7 February 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Debussman, Bernd (18 July 2008). "Barack Obama and the Ku Klux Klan". Reuters. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Rifkind, Hugo (29 February 2008). "No Kidding - it's not a wizard idea". The Times (London). 
  5. ^ Montgomery, Ben (23 September 2008). "Even the KKK gets a taste of Obama-mania". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 3 June 2009. 
  6. ^ Forrest, Emma (3 April 2008). "At Home with the Doggs". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Klinsreich, Jurgen (3 February 2009). "Germans Could Have Defeated Britain With Snow in WW2". The Daily Squib. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Wigmore, Barry (4 Feb 2009). "Get over it and Buy a Shovel! Rest of the World left baffled as snow brings Britain grinding to a halt.". Daily Mail. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  9. ^ Matyszczyk, Chris (4 Dec 2010). "TSA blog fights back against satire". Cnet.com. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  10. ^ Online, Ahram (16 Sep 2012). "Egypt dailies publish spoof Kissinger quotes as genuine". english.ahram.org.eg. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  11. ^ Lamont, Norman (6 Mar 2012). "A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran". newstatesman.com. Retrieved 8 Mar 2012. 
  12. ^ Trotsky, Karl (19 Oct 2012), "EU Soviet Agenda and Comrade Cameron", Daily Squib, retrieved 19 October 2012 
  13. ^ Hannan, Daniel (19 Oct 2012), "You thought the whole 'EUSSR' thing was over the top? Have a look at this poster", Telegraph, retrieved 19 October 2012 

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