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Did you hear the one about CIA tracking Osama Bin Laden in rural China using computer-enhanced satellite photos and technology like you might’ve seen on Murder, She Wrote? Oh, and that they shit their pants when they saw the photos?

If you read the Verdad (“true”) issue of Vice, you did. You also might’ve read about Angus, the adorable dachsund/cat hybrid some Dr. Moreau whipped up in a lab. (Not to mention the awesome pygmy whales!)

Of course, the entire “true” issue is anything but—from the cover that features a BMX rider jumping the Grand Canyon to the report on kidney thefts, it’s one long piss-take.

But none of that could stop FishbowlNY from posting an entry yesterday entitled Vice Knows Where Osama’s Hiding and gushing, “Believe it or not, Vice does do a fair amount of international reporting.”

At least, Vice does enough international reporting to offer a Fishbowl-baffling barrage of Central Asian place names in the deadpan opener, before throwing the Murder, She Wrote reference at the end. Though for future reference, China’s policies toward Muslim separatists would actually make Xinjiang about as hospitable an Osama hideout as Tel Aviv.

The Media Mob alerted the post’s author to the mistake in an email this morning, but it remains uncorrected or qualified.

Luckily, the item didn’t make its way into Mediabistro’s ‘Media Feed’ this morning. Oh, wait. No es verdad.

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