Vladimir Putin Bird Shit Video Is Bullshit

In 2014, there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and plausible but fake Internet garbage. A recent viral video of a bird pooping on Russian President Vladimir Putin falls into that last category, seemingly too mundane to even be worth faking.

And yet here we are.

This weekend, the video hit Reddit (the primary source of web journalists worldwide), resulting in write-ups from Vox, The Washington Post and Time on Monday. Incredibly, it wasn't until serial up-fuckers The Independent got on the case that someone finally challenged the video's authenticity, linking to clips of both the original, sadly poop-less video and a side-by-side comparison revealing the fakery.

Afterwards, all three publications acknowledged their error and issued corrections. The Post's was by far the funniest, with the article now titled "Vladimir Putin gives speech on dangers of military aggression" bearing the caveat "Correction: A bird did not defecate on Russian President Vladimir Putin during a speech on Friday."

Of course, all parties really should have known better, Putin being a famous bird ally with an active role in the avian independence movement.

[ Image via Imgur]


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