No, not fake as in, news a politician doesn’t want to hear, but fake as in phoney baloney, spurious, purposeless and quite possibly fabricated.
According to ‘The Age’, a ‘sizeable spider’ took up 6 seats on a crowded Melbourne commuter train provoking panic amongst nervous passengers, who judiciously decided to stand in the aisle rather than risk attack.
There’s no picture of the substantial arachnid in question, because ‘no one wanted to get that close’ and by the time a brave photographer decided to accept what would have been a risky commision, the monster had scuttled beneath the seat.
It gets worse/better. In a clear breach of traditional journalism standards, there’s no direct quote from witnesses, relying instead on an ‘anonymous passenger, who did not wish to be named’. Best still, the picture supplied does indeed show an empty row of seat, with, in the foreground, a young child and dad performing a reasonably convincing impersonation of ‘not actually all that bothered’.
This is news? What next? Man doesn’t bite dog? Queen hasn’t got a slight cold? Prince Charles doesn’t want to be his girlfriend’s tampon?