Faking an interview is always a poor journalistic practice, to say the least — but if you’re going to make up quotes, don’t rely on Google Translate. A Turkish newspaper learned that lesson the hard way this week after it fabricated a huge chunk of an interview with American scholar Noam Chomsky.
The interview, published in English in Yeni Safak, contained the following quotes, apparently translated into English using Google Translate.
“This complexity in the Middle East, do you think the Western states flapping because of this chaos? Contrary to what happens when everything that milk port, enters the work order, then begins to bustle in the West. I’ve seen the plans works.”
What? Either you love Chomsky or you hate him, but either way you have to admit he’s more eloquent than that. Read more