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23rd Nov '17 10:07:21 AM nombretomado
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Frequent topics of this sort of program include psychics, [=UFOs=] and {{alien abduction}}s, [[ConspiracyTheory conspiracy theories]], ghosts and other supernatural entities, and [[FauxSymbolism objects with alleged religious significance]].

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Frequent topics of this sort of program include psychics, [=UFOs=] and {{alien abduction}}s, [[ConspiracyTheory conspiracy theories]], UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories, ghosts and other supernatural entities, and [[FauxSymbolism objects with alleged religious significance]].
25th Oct '17 5:14:42 AM Andyroid
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* In the ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' "bedtime story", The Cheat is terrified by a "shock-u-mentary" that claims gingivitis makes your gums look (and taste) like chocolate pudding, forcing Strong Bad to cook up an elaborate bedtime routine to help The Cheat get to sleep.



* 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.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': 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.
25th Sep '17 5:48:34 PM DesertDragon
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This is not a {{Mockumentary}}, which is explicitly a scripted fictitious film (usually comedy or horror) done in the style of a documentary. 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'' would show otherwise. The filmmakers were either negligent, [[BlatantLies outright liars]], or just plain ''[[MadnessTropes crazy]]''. DontShootTheMessage becomes a common result.

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This is not a {{Mockumentary}}, which is explicitly a fictional scripted fictitious film movie (usually comedy or horror) done in the style of a documentary. 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'' would show otherwise. The filmmakers were either negligent, [[BlatantLies outright liars]], or just plain ''[[MadnessTropes crazy]]''. DontShootTheMessage becomes a common result.
25th Sep '17 5:46:46 PM DesertDragon
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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 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 is explicitly a scripted fictitious film (usually comedy or horror) done in the fact that it was made up. style of a documentary. 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 would show otherwise. The filmmakers were either negligent, [[BlatantLies outright liars]], or just plain ''[[MadnessTropes crazy]]''. DontShootTheMessage becomes a common result.
24th Sep '17 12:02:20 PM nombretomado
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* Maddox of TheBestPageInTheUniverse fame created the Website/YouTube vid ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saHs6J0OXVI Unfastened Coins: The Titanic Conspiracy]]'', which parodies this trope and the 9-11 conspiracy film Loose Change for all it's worth (including parodies of "undeniable verification tests" done with a model of the Titanic in the author's bathtub).

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* Maddox of TheBestPageInTheUniverse Website/TheBestPageInTheUniverse fame created the Website/YouTube vid ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saHs6J0OXVI Unfastened Coins: The Titanic Conspiracy]]'', which parodies this trope and the 9-11 conspiracy film Loose Change for all it's worth (including parodies of "undeniable verification tests" done with a model of the Titanic in the author's bathtub).
6th Jul '17 2:34:43 AM C2
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** Spanish TV broadcaster La Sexta developed a similar idea, based on the February 23rd 1981 coup d'etat. It puts Pedro Almodóvar as the supposed director of the coup, which would have been concieved to secure democracy in Spain and increase the King's popularity.

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** Spanish TV broadcaster La Sexta developed a similar idea, based on the February 23rd 1981 coup d'etat. It puts Pedro Almodóvar as the supposed director of the coup, which would have been concieved conceived to secure democracy in Spain and increase the King's popularity.



* ''Luke's Change'', a parody of ''Loose Change'' listed above, presents a compelling case that the [[Film/StarWarsANewHope destruction of the first Death Star]] was an inside job set up by the Skywalker family.

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* ''Luke's Change'', a parody of ''Loose Change'' listed above, presents a compelling case that the [[Film/StarWarsANewHope destruction of the first Death Star]] was an inside job set up by the Skywalker family. This was made before ''Film/RogueOne'', which involved someone sabotaging the project from within.
19th Jun '17 11:32:28 AM MikeW
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* Played for laughs on ''Series/{{House}}'' as House is followed by a documentary crew for a day. He naturally berates them for being horrible and presenting false stories and gives them the treatment of him berating his staff and patients alike and showcasing what a terrible person House is. When the documentary is shown, House is outraged (and Cuddy moved to laughter) to see that the filmmakers have fixed it so House is shown as a kind-hearted man who truly cares for all his patients, treats his staff with the utmost respect and openly talks about being moved to become a doctor by the movie ''Patch Adams.''


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* Played for laughs on ''Series/{{House}}'' as House is followed by a documentary crew for a day. He naturally berates insults them for being horrible and presenting false stories and gives them the treatment of him berating his staff and patients alike alike, caring less for a sick kid and more solving the mystery of his disease and showcasing what a terrible person House is. When the documentary is shown, House is outraged (and Cuddy moved to laughter) to see that the filmmakers have fixed it so House is shown as a kind-hearted man who truly cares for all his patients, treats his staff with the utmost respect and openly talks about appears to admit to being moved to become a doctor by the movie ''Patch Adams.''

18th Jun '17 1:22:58 PM MikeW
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* Played for laughs on ''Series/{{House}}'' as House is followed by a documentary crew for a day. He naturally berates them for being horrible and presenting false stories and gives them the treatment of him berating his staff and patients alike and showcasing what a terrible person House is. When the documentary is shown, House is outraged (and Cuddy moved to laughter) to see that the filmmakers have fixed it so House is shown as a kind-hearted man who truly cares for all his patients, treats his staff with the utmost respect and openly talks about being moved to become a doctor by the movie ''Patch Adams.''

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.
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