Frak That! Ep. 81: ‘Fake News’

After a 10-day break, which Joe Wilcox attributes to the “Trump trauma”, he and Randall Kennedy return to catch up on the news that’s unfit to print. Joe begins Episode 81 by giving his cohost BBC’s fake news quiz. Which stories are true? Which are false?

Among the news reports that absolutely had to be false, but wasn’t, according to the Beeb: “A man in Edmonton, Canada was allowed to board a flight after a pipe bomb found in his bag was confiscated by airport security. A security guard at Edmonton International Airport even tried to hand the bomb back to the passenger, CBC News reported. The teenage passenger claimed to have forgotten the device was in his bag after making it with a friend for fun some months before. Canadian Air Transport Security Authority said several officers involved had been suspended”. 

“Not the best and the brightest are working up in the northern territories”, Randall responds, expressing dismay that “they let him continue on his flight, too. Nobody questioned why he is carrying a bomb. Where he was taking the bomb to. Did he have any particular plans for the bomb. There had to be some additional interrogation of this fellow”. Oh, or is that No, Canada!

Other topics include: Donald Trump (because Randall can’t ever say enough); Hillary Clinton (because Randall can’t let the dead rest in peace); picking Gary Johnson out of a police lineup; Japan’s giant sinkhole; California’s grocery bag tax; South Africa’s flame-throwing cars; and the Divorce Hotel.