Former Real-News Reader Driven to Deliver Fake News

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Remember Bobbie Battista? The CNN anchor they used to make fun of on Saturday Night Live in the early nineties? No? You mean cable-news relevance is only temporary? Well, good thing Battista has a new gig, then. Having left CNN in 2001, she's lately been anchoring the news elsewhere: at the Onion News Network. Reading hilarious fake headlines with the same stone-faced delivery she became famous for at CNN, Battista has taped a few segments with the online humor site. She spoke with the Times:

"You watch the news today, and you don’t know what is real," she said. "When I was doing newscasts at CNN, people would come up to me and say, 'That story can’t be real.’ Now the lines are really getting blurred." She mentioned a recent segment she saw about "lingerie football" on a cable news show. "My mouth was hanging open. How does this belong on the news?"


See, there's her problem. If she hadn't been watching Fox News, this prize-winning global reporter may have never been driven to reporting about things like "Despondex: A Drug For the Annoyingly Cheerful."

Newscaster, Once Mocked, Now Casts Mock News [NYT]