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[[caption-width-right:348:For starters, [[ViewerGenderConfusion the picture shows a girl]]. Her [[IAmNotShazam name]] is [[GenderBlenderName Ed]].[[note]]The main character of the show, Spike, is a man with dark green hair impossible to mistake for her. "Cowboy" is slang for "bounty hunter," the occupation of the main cast of characters. "Bebop" is the name of the spaceship that they use. In both cases, it's "Bebop", not "[[WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture BeBop]]". As it happens, the only correct word in the caption is "at" and "computer".[[/note]]]]

->''"Everything you read in the newspapers is absolutely true except for that rare story of which you happen to have firsthand knowledge."''
-->-- '''Erwin Knoll'''

This is when the media reports blatantly incorrect facts about a creative work that any fan (or casual observer, or anyone with access to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, etc.) would know to be wrong. It seems like some people just can't be bothered to do any fact-checking. Let's face it -- sometimes, it's easy to do. But what about the news? Newspapers, a NewsBroadcast, national news, etc.? It is in their job description to do at least ''some'' research, to make sure they aren't stating factual untruths.

This rule apparently doesn't apply much to works of fiction. Maybe the news media doesn't seem to care as much about the show in question as about whatever effect it had. But that's no reason to make an error that could have been avoided by looking into the material a bit, especially if said error involves serious accusations like blaming a child's death on imitating something they saw on TV. Often results in examples either factually incorrect (from minor to grossly wrong like the trope namer) or taking some "facts" from TheThemeParkVersion of a larger entity, which to some is much worse than just not doing the research.

Compare ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch. See FandomBerserkButton when it's the ''fans'' that get the names wrong. IAmNotShazam is a key trope involved. Also compare DanBrowned, the version for ''fictional'' works. See NewMediaAreEvil (though if you find yourself constantly annoyed by this kind of thing then you probably believe OldMediaAreEvil). See also AnimationAgeGhetto for when people dismiss various kinds of cartoons as childish [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids when they, in fact, are not.]] For a problem endemic to {{Anime}} and {{Manga}}, see AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles. This trope can also overlap with a ShallowParody if the parodists in question are really careless with their research. This is basically the RealLife version of CriticalResearchFailure.

!!Examples go in subpages:

* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer/AnimeAndManga
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer/ComicBooks
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer/ComicStrips
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer/{{Film}}
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer/{{Literature}}
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer/LiveActionTV
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer/{{Music}}
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer/MythAndReligion
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer/ProfessionalWrestling
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer/TabletopGames
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer/VideoGames
** ''CowboyBebopAtHisComputer/{{Pokemon}}''
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer/WebMedia
** ''CowboyBebopAtHisComputer/TheNostalgiaCritic''
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer/WesternAnimation
** ''CowboyBebopAtHisComputer/MagicAdventuresOfMumfie''
** ''CowboyBebopAtHisComputer/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer/{{Other}}