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16th May '17 9:26:42 AM nombretomado
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* ''Literature/TheProtocolsOfTheEldersOfZion'' is a notorious anti-Semitic tract claiming to be the records of a meeting by a Jewish cabal plotting to TakeOverTheWorld. In reality, it was written by the Okhrana, the SecretPolice of TsaristRussia, as a tool for starting pogroms and otherwise convincing people that anything other than reactionary Christian monarchy was directly authored by {{Satan}}. It was later carried into western Europe and the US by White Russians in the wake of UsefulNotes/RedOctober. It was exposed as a forgery by ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Times]]'' of London in 1921, who revealed that large sections of the book were cribbed wholesale from a 19th century anti-Napoleonic tract. Even so, it was made part of the school curriculum in UsefulNotes/NaziGermany, and anti-Semites to this day cite it as "evidence" of a Jewish conspiracy.

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* ''Literature/TheProtocolsOfTheEldersOfZion'' is a notorious anti-Semitic tract claiming to be the records of a meeting by a Jewish cabal plotting to TakeOverTheWorld. In reality, it was written by the Okhrana, the SecretPolice of TsaristRussia, UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia, as a tool for starting pogroms and otherwise convincing people that anything other than reactionary Christian monarchy was directly authored by {{Satan}}. It was later carried into western Europe and the US by White Russians in the wake of UsefulNotes/RedOctober. It was exposed as a forgery by ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Times]]'' of London in 1921, who revealed that large sections of the book were cribbed wholesale from a 19th century anti-Napoleonic tract. Even so, it was made part of the school curriculum in UsefulNotes/NaziGermany, and anti-Semites to this day cite it as "evidence" of a Jewish conspiracy.
14th May '17 6:20:11 PM Chariset
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Compare VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory and {{Mockumentary}}. Contrast RomanAClef.

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Compare VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory (largely fiction but based on a kernel of truth) and {{Mockumentary}}.{{Mockumentary}} (pure fiction presenting itself as nonfiction). Contrast RomanAClef.
16th Apr '17 2:33:00 AM Morgenthaler
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** The 2014 TV remake/spinoff/reinterpretation ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' also claimed to be a true story, despite the two stories being set in the same place in different decades, with such a similar-but-markedly-different plot that they can't ''both'' have happened without someone mentioning it. The series follows the Coens' admission that the events of the film were fictional, so the boilerplate is meant to be taken with a grain of salt.


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* The 2014 TV remake/spinoff/reinterpretation ''Series/{{Fargo}}'' also claimed to be a true story, despite the two stories being set in the same place in different decades, with such a similar-but-markedly-different plot that they can't ''both'' have happened without someone mentioning it. The series follows the Coens' admission that the events of the film were fictional, so the boilerplate is meant to be taken with a grain of salt.
9th Apr '17 9:17:11 AM jamespolk
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* Much of ''Film/KnuteRockneAllAmerican'' takes the VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory approach that was common to biopics of the era. However, the iconic "win one for the Gipper" halftime speech is more or less accurate, based on a real speech that Rockne gave to his team at halftime of the 1928 game against Army. Gipp's death scene in which he delivers the line to Rockne is also dramatized. The truth however is that Rockne made the whole speech up in 1928 as a MotivationalLie; Gipp never said any such thing and Rockne wasn't even there when Gipp died.
29th Mar '17 3:24:14 PM Storygirl000
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** As shown in the examples below, horror movies do this a lot as well, ranging from exaggerating an actual story to fabrication.
23rd Mar '17 5:42:25 PM TheNicestGuy
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* ''Series/TheWire'' explores the trope in season five through the character of Scott Templeton, a junior journalist at the Baltimore Sun. The Sun is a failing paper, and as another round of layoffs looms, Scott begins embellishing his stories in an effort to shine his portfolio and get a more secure job elsewhere. It starts small, with some too-good quotes and details that are impossible to confirm. The audience don't even know for sure what the truth is; we can only share the suspicions of his editor. But after he gets used to it, he goes big: Scott claims that he received a phone call from a serial killer who has been targeting homeless men in the city. This instantly makes him the darling of upper management, and nationally famous, and he's compelled to keep up the lie. The twist, however, is that the killer doesn't exist, and ''even Scott doesn't know that''. The scare was fabricated by rogue homicide Detective [=McNulty=], with altered case files and forensics, for reasons of his own. [=McNulty=] obviously sees through Scott's lies right away, but he takes advantage of them to stage a "real" call from the killer to Scott, which naturally freaks the writer out. In the end, editor Gus has enough convincing evidence of Scott's other fabrications that he feels he must present the accusation to management. They refuse to listen, because Scott is about to win a Pulitzer. Gus [[spoiler:loses his job instead]].
11th Mar '17 11:11:58 AM nombretomado
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* Done for satirical effect by ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Report_from_Iron_Mountain The Report from Iron Mountain]]'', a [[TheSixties '60s]] counterculture book written by Leonard Lewin as a StealthParody of [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam-era]] military think tanks. Posing as a leaked document written by a "secret government panel", it claimed that war was a necessary part of the economy and served to divert collective aggression, and that society would collapse without it (basically, the plot of ''MetalGearSolid4''). Therefore, in the event of peace, they recommended that new bodies be created to emulate the economic activities of war, including {{blood sport}}s, the creation of new enemies to scare the people (including {{alien inva|sion}}ders and environmental destruction), and [[RefugeInAudacity the reinstatement of slavery]].\\

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* Done for satirical effect by ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Report_from_Iron_Mountain The Report from Iron Mountain]]'', a [[TheSixties '60s]] counterculture book written by Leonard Lewin as a StealthParody of [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam-era]] military think tanks. Posing as a leaked document written by a "secret government panel", it claimed that war was a necessary part of the economy and served to divert collective aggression, and that society would collapse without it (basically, the plot of ''MetalGearSolid4'').''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots''). Therefore, in the event of peace, they recommended that new bodies be created to emulate the economic activities of war, including {{blood sport}}s, the creation of new enemies to scare the people (including {{alien inva|sion}}ders and environmental destruction), and [[RefugeInAudacity the reinstatement of slavery]].\\
20th Feb '17 4:53:42 PM nombretomado
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* ''Literature/TheProtocolsOfTheEldersOfZion'' is a notorious anti-Semitic tract claiming to be the records of a meeting by a Jewish cabal plotting to TakeOverTheWorld. In reality, it was written by the Okhrana, the SecretPolice of TsaristRussia, as a tool for starting pogroms and otherwise convincing people that anything other than reactionary Christian monarchy was directly authored by {{Satan}}. It was later carried into western Europe and the US by White Russians in the wake of UsefulNotes/RedOctober. It was exposed as a forgery by ''[[BritishNewspapers The Times]]'' of London in 1921, who revealed that large sections of the book were cribbed wholesale from a 19th century anti-Napoleonic tract. Even so, it was made part of the school curriculum in UsefulNotes/NaziGermany, and anti-Semites to this day cite it as "evidence" of a Jewish conspiracy.

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* ''Literature/TheProtocolsOfTheEldersOfZion'' is a notorious anti-Semitic tract claiming to be the records of a meeting by a Jewish cabal plotting to TakeOverTheWorld. In reality, it was written by the Okhrana, the SecretPolice of TsaristRussia, as a tool for starting pogroms and otherwise convincing people that anything other than reactionary Christian monarchy was directly authored by {{Satan}}. It was later carried into western Europe and the US by White Russians in the wake of UsefulNotes/RedOctober. It was exposed as a forgery by ''[[BritishNewspapers ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Times]]'' of London in 1921, who revealed that large sections of the book were cribbed wholesale from a 19th century anti-Napoleonic tract. Even so, it was made part of the school curriculum in UsefulNotes/NaziGermany, and anti-Semites to this day cite it as "evidence" of a Jewish conspiracy.
8th Feb '17 7:48:03 AM CheeseDogX
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** Creator/ArthurConanDoyle was one of the people who bought into it, as he not only used it in his [[Literature/AStudyInScarlet first Sherlock Holmes novel]], he defended the claims as true for years afterwards.[[note]]Actually until his death, though Brigham Young claims that he privately recanted and apologized.[[/note]]
24th Jan '17 5:13:55 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has an in-universe twist on this in the second book. [[SmallNameBigEgo Gilderoy Lockhart]] has written several self-serving autobiographies about his impossibly heroic escapades, which seem to be a pack of lies because [[InformedAbility Lockhart is totally incompetent at everything we see him doing.]] But the stories are true...except for the part about Lockhart being the hero. He based them on various real incidents and [[spoiler:[[LaserGuidedAmnesia wiped the memories]] of the real heroes]], making it impossible to prove that he was lying.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has an in-universe twist on this in the second book. [[SmallNameBigEgo Gilderoy Lockhart]] has written several self-serving autobiographies about his impossibly heroic escapades, which seem to be a pack of lies because [[InformedAbility Lockhart is totally incompetent at everything we see him doing.]] But the stories are true...except for the part about Lockhart being the hero. He based them on various real incidents and [[spoiler:[[LaserGuidedAmnesia wiped the memories]] of the real heroes]], making it impossible to prove that he was lying. [[spoiler: [[LaserGuidedKarma Karma bites Lockhart in the butt]] when he tries to wipe Harry and Ron's memories and the spell hits ''him'' instead.]]
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