Cain unable but the Onion rings true

Farewell to the "Candidate Who Didn't Know China Has Nuclear Weapons".

As widely trailed last week, Herman Cain has finally suspended his presidential bid. And once again the Onion helps us understand the wider context.

With the precision of Mrs Merton asking Debbie McGee what first attracted her to the millionaire Paul Daniels, the spoof US news site hits the nail on the head:

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As I noted yesterday, foreign policy expertise is not the key to winning the Republican Party nomination for president. Fortunately.

 

(h/t: James Fallows)

Jon Bernstein, former deputy editor of New Statesman, is a digital strategist and editor. He tweets @Jon_Bernstein. 

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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.

 

 

In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.