Bill Murray ‘Stops Bank Robbery in Tokyo Accidentally’ is Satire


An article saying actor Bill Murray stopped a bank robbery in Tokyo on accident is just satire.

The article, published on satire site NationalReport.net, says “a bank robber was apprehended today in Tokyo after stopping to talk with none other than Bill Murray.”

It continues: “‘The man robbed the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, ran out, saw Bill Murray walking on the street and stopped to talk with him. This is when authorities were able to arrest the suspect,’ Tokyo Police Chief Hideyoshi Mori told reporters.”

But according to its disclaimer, the National Report doesn’t publish real news.

“National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental,” it says.

This week, a number of people apparently believed the Murray article, tweeting it and sharing it on Facebook thousands of times.



  • Kurt Christensen

    Let’s not call it satire. That is giving the writers way too much credit. Writing a bad fake article is not satire. It’s just a bad fake news story. There are a million sites that want to be The Onion, but none of them pull it off. When satire is done properly, you know it is fake, but almost sounds like it could really happen. This jsut sounds like a real news story, but is total BS.

    “Satire is a genre of literature, and sometimes graphic and performing arts,
    in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to
    ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, corporations,
    government or society itself, into improvement.[1] Although satire is usually meant to be humorous, its greater purpose is often constructive social criticism, using wit as a weapon and as a tool to draw attention to both particular and wider issues in society.”

    The fake news article meets none of the above criteria.


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