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26th Mar '17 4:34:07 PM Fireblood
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* The remake of ''Film/BeyondAResonableDoubt'' features CJ, a reporter who became a star with his acclaimed documentary on a homeless woman who died a drug addict. For a follow-up, CJ decides to take down a corrupt D.A. by having himself framed for murder and show the D.A. will ignore evidence of his innocence. However, in a classic case of GoneHorriblyRight, the frame-up is ''too'' good and the friend who has the evidence to clear CJ is killed on his way to the courthouse so he is found guilty. His girlfriend, Ella, manages to prove his innocence and the D.A.'s corruption. However, going over the evidence later, Ella realizes the truth: [[spoiler: the woman whose murder CJ framed himself for has the same tattoos as the homeless woman from his documentary. Ella realizes this means they were one and the same and CJ's entire "report" was a massive fraud. The prostitute was blackmailing him with the truth so he killed her as part of his plot. CJ begs Ella to listen to him but she's already called the police to take him in.]]

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* The remake of ''Film/BeyondAResonableDoubt'' ''Film/BeyondAReasonableDoubt'' features CJ, a reporter who became a star with his acclaimed documentary on a homeless woman who died a drug addict. For a follow-up, CJ decides to take down a corrupt D.A. by having himself framed for murder and show the D.A. will ignore evidence of his innocence. However, in a classic case of GoneHorriblyRight, the frame-up is ''too'' good and the friend who has the evidence to clear CJ is killed on his way to the courthouse so he is found guilty. His girlfriend, Ella, manages to prove his innocence and the D.A.'s corruption. However, going over the evidence later, Ella realizes the truth: [[spoiler: the woman whose murder CJ framed himself for has the same tattoos as the homeless woman from his documentary. Ella realizes this means they were one and the same and CJ's entire "report" was a massive fraud. The prostitute was blackmailing him with the truth so he killed her as part of his plot. CJ begs Ella to listen to him but she's already called the police to take him in.]]



* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' episode [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E9HomerBadman "Homer Badman"]], Homer is accused of inappropriately groping a young female babysitter, when in fact he was just pulling a gummy Venus de Milo off her bum (she had sat on it). He gives an interview to ''Rock Bottom'' (an {{expy}} of the '90s [[IfItBleedsItLeads tabloid news program]] ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_Copy Hard Copy]]''), which they then air heavily edited to make it seem as though Homer admits guilt and then attacks the journalist in question (who is clearly outside while Homer is inside). It ends with the disclaimer "Dramatization may not have happened."

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* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' episode [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E9HomerBadman "Homer Badman"]], Homer is accused of inappropriately groping a young female babysitter, when in fact he was just pulling a gummy Venus de Milo off her bum (she had sat on it). He gives an interview to ''Rock Bottom'' (an {{expy}} of the '90s [[IfItBleedsItLeads tabloid news program]] ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_Copy Hard Copy]]''), which they then air heavily edited to make it seem as though Homer admits guilt and then attacks the journalist in question (who is clearly outside while Homer is inside). It ends with the disclaimer "Dramatization may not have happened."" At the end they issue a retraction, along with a comically {{long list}} of things they lied about besides this.
20th Jan '17 12:37:29 PM JackG
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Sometimes, though, a documentary filmmaker just doesn't care, and any attempt at accuracy or finding the truth goes out the window, but the result is still presented as non-fiction, oftentimes with [[QuoteMine quote-mining]] and ManipulativeEditing. When this happens, you usually end up with a Documentary of Lies. For a succinct demonstration of just how truth is commonly manipulated check out [[http://vimeo.com/61930750 Luke's Change: An Inside Job]] a [[{{Mockumentary}} satirical take]] on StarWars in the style of WebOriginal/LooseChange that uses pretty much every common technique found in this trope.

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Sometimes, though, a documentary filmmaker just doesn't care, and any attempt at accuracy or finding the truth goes out the window, but the result is still presented as non-fiction, oftentimes with [[QuoteMine quote-mining]] and ManipulativeEditing. When this happens, you usually end up with a Documentary of Lies. For a succinct demonstration of just how truth is commonly manipulated check out [[http://vimeo.com/61930750 Luke's Change: An Inside Job]] a [[{{Mockumentary}} satirical take]] on StarWars in the style of WebOriginal/LooseChange ''WebVideo/LooseChange'' that uses pretty much every common technique found in this trope.
29th Oct '16 11:26:04 AM Morgenthaler
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-->'''Narratar:''' Did the Vatican suppress the fact that Jesus and Mary Magdalene together had... '''a dog'''? Was Princess Diana really killed in the Challenger space shuttle disaster? Was the Loch Ness monster actually a descendent of Jesus' magic dog? Did the Twin Towers ever really exist? The clues are '''everywhere''' if one chooses to make stabs in the darkness.

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23rd Oct '16 3:04:58 PM MikeW
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* The remake of ''Film/BeyondAResonableDoubt'' features CJ, a reporter who became a star with his acclaimed documentary on a homeless woman who died a drug addict. For a follow-up, CJ decides to take down a corrupt D.A. by having himself framed for murder and show the D.A. will ignore evidence of his innocence. However, in a classic case of GoneHorriblyRight, the frame-up is ''too'' good and the friend who has the evidence to clear CJ is killed on his way to the courthouse so he is found guilty. His girlfriend, Ella, manages to prove his innocence and the D.A.'s corruption. However, going over the evidence later, Ella realizes the truth: [[spoiler: the woman whose murder CJ framed himself for has the same tattoos as the homeless woman from his documentary. Ella realizes this means they were one and the same and CJ's entire "report" was a massive fraud. The prostitute was blackmailing him with the truth so he killed her as part of his plot. CJ begs Ella to listen to him but she's already called the police to take him in.]]
22nd Oct '16 10:10:41 PM McJeff
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* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbsLTAO7Ra8 Fellowship 9/11']]', a parody of Creator/{{Michael Moore}}'s ''Fahrenheit 9/11'' via Franchise/{{The Lord of the Rings}}. Did you know that the Battle of Helms Deep was a false flag operation to allow the Fellowship Group to invade peaceful, oil-rich Mordor? Michael Moore and Senator Grima Wormtongue (D, Rohan) explain it all.

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* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbsLTAO7Ra8 Fellowship 9/11']]', 9/11]]'', a parody of Creator/{{Michael Moore}}'s ''Fahrenheit 9/11'' via Franchise/{{The Lord of the Rings}}. Did you know that the Battle of Helms Deep was a false flag operation to allow the Fellowship Group to invade peaceful, oil-rich Mordor? Michael Moore and Senator Grima Wormtongue (D, Rohan) explain it all.
22nd Oct '16 10:10:18 PM McJeff
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* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbsLTAO7Ra8 Fellowship 9/11']]', a parody of Creator/{{Michael Moore}}'s ''Fahrenheit 9/11'' via Franchise/{{The Lord of the Rings}}. Did you know that the Battle of Helms Deep was a false flag operation to allow the Coalition of the Willing to invade Mordor for oil? Michael Moore and Senator Grima Wormtongue (D, Rohan) explain it all.

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* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbsLTAO7Ra8 Fellowship 9/11']]', a parody of Creator/{{Michael Moore}}'s ''Fahrenheit 9/11'' via Franchise/{{The Lord of the Rings}}. Did you know that the Battle of Helms Deep was a false flag operation to allow the Coalition of the Willing Fellowship Group to invade Mordor for oil? peaceful, oil-rich Mordor? Michael Moore and Senator Grima Wormtongue (D, Rohan) explain it all.
22nd Oct '16 8:32:55 PM McJeff
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* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbsLTAO7Ra8 Fellowship 9/11']]', a parody of Creator/{{Michael Moore}}'s ''Fahrenheit 9/11'' via Franchise/{{The Lord of the Rings}}. Did you know that the Battle of Helms Deep was a false flag operation to allow the Coalition of the Willing to invade Mordor for oil? Michael Moore and Senator Grima Wormtongue (D, Rohan) explain it all.
13th Oct '16 7:13:48 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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This is not a {{Mockumentary}}, which makes no secret of the fact that it was made up. In order to be guilty of being a Documentary of Lies, a documentary has to claim that something is actually true when ''any reasonable investigation'' should show otherwise. The filmmakers were either [[TheyJustDidntCare negligent]], [[BlatantLies outright liars]], or just plain ''[[MadnessTropes crazy]]''. DontShootTheMessage becomes a common result.

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This is not a {{Mockumentary}}, which makes no secret of the fact that it was made up. In order to be guilty of being a Documentary of Lies, a documentary has to claim that something is actually true when ''any reasonable investigation'' should show otherwise. The filmmakers were either [[TheyJustDidntCare negligent]], negligent, [[BlatantLies outright liars]], or just plain ''[[MadnessTropes crazy]]''. DontShootTheMessage becomes a common result.
25th Sep '16 12:27:12 PM Morgenthaler
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-->'''Narratar:''' Did the Vatican suppress the fact that Jesus and Mary Magdalene together had... '''a dog'''? Was Princess Diana really killed in the Challenger space shuttle disaster? Was the Loch Ness monster actually a descendent of Jesus' magic dog? The clues are '''everywhere''' if one chooses to make stabs in the darkness.

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-->'''Narratar:''' Did the Vatican suppress the fact that Jesus and Mary Magdalene together had... '''a dog'''? Was Princess Diana really killed in the Challenger space shuttle disaster? Was the Loch Ness monster actually a descendent of Jesus' magic dog? Did the Twin Towers ever really exist? The clues are '''everywhere''' if one chooses to make stabs in the darkness.
25th Sep '16 12:26:23 PM Morgenthaler
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* Website/CollegeHumor did a parody of Conspiracy Theory documentary with their video "Deceptive Deceptions". This "truthumentary" uncovers the gargantuan ConspiracyKitchenSink that has controlled humanity since the dawn of time through an absurdly long stream of InsaneTrollLogic.

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* Website/CollegeHumor did a parody of Conspiracy Theory documentary conspiracy theory documentaries with their video "Deceptive Deceptions". This "truthumentary" uncovers the gargantuan ConspiracyKitchenSink that has controlled humanity since the dawn of time through an absurdly long stream of InsaneTrollLogic.
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