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By Finn J.D. John
For The Creswell Chronicle 

Region called BS on California papers' UFO stories in 1890s

"Fake News" - meaning the kind that's simply made up by a creative thinker sitting at a keyboard and pondering what will drive the most clicks - is having a moment just now.


July 26, 2018

Image: Wikimedia Commons

An illustration from Robur the Conqueror (The Clipper of the Clouds), a Jules Verne novel from 1886. This shows the climactic scene, in which Robur's airship, the Albatross, outperforms its lighter-than-air rival, the Go-Ahead. Here, the Go-Ahead's crew members are throwing ballast overboard to gain altitude.

Mostly that's down to a combination of some very enterprising teenagers in Macedonia who have figured out how to make a ton of money with Google AdSense, and a gaggle of political leaders who use the term to refer to news outlets they don't like.

But Fake News has a long tradition in the world of news reporting, going back to the famous "Bat People on the Moon" hoax perpetrated by the New York Sun in 1835, and even earlier.

One of the first outbreaks of Fake News in Oregon actually had a lot in common with the Great Moon Hoax. It happened in the late 1890s - and it involved UFOs (although,...

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