NME wrongly reports fake No Such Thing as the News’s Slipknot statement as fact

No Such Thing as the News

New Musical Express has wrongly reported a fake statement about the band Slipknot that appeared on No Such Thing as the News, believing it to be true.

In last night’s episode of No Such Thing as the News, in which the researchers for hit panel show QI, the Elves, report on quite interesting news stories from that week, James Harkin talked about the fact that hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse put out a statement saying that there is no such thing as an insane clown, in response to the widely reported “evil clown craze” currently in the news in the UK and abroad. Slipknot have a member called Clown who wears a clown mask, and Harkin contacted the band’s frontman, Corey Taylor, for a statement.

Taylor jokingly wrote: “The affects have been such that even our dear Clown has downgraded himself to ‘Mime’ in order to distance himself from these hedonistic doppelgangers until the coast is clear. Remember, a real clown doesn’t need a knife to intimidate, just a bat and a good cold stare.”

However, the NME has failed to pick up on the joke and has incorrectly reported the statement as fact, under the headline “Slipknot’s Clown changes his name after clown attacks.” Taylor has since posted on Twitter that: “Guys- No, Clown did NOT change his name. It was a FAKE statement for @qipodcast THAT I WROTE for humor’s sake. Cut n paste journos…” followed by an emoji of a middle finger sign.*

No Such Thing as the News is a spin-off to award winning podcast No Such Thing as a Fish, in which QI elves James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray, Anna Ptaszynski and Dan Schreiber discuss their four favourite facts they found that week. The TV version features facts related to that week’s news. The series was the first comedy to be commissioned by the BBC’s news department since That Was The Week That Was in 1964. New episodes of the show go out at 23.15 on Wednesday nights on BBC Two.

Corey Taylor is due to appear as a guest in the forthcoming Series N of QI, which begins on 21st October at 22.00 on BBC Two with new host Sandi Toksvig.

*Coincidentally, I’m more than happy to apologise to Mr. Taylor if this story is also annoying “cut and paste” journalism.