Remember 'The World's Only Reliable Newspaper'?
Looking back, the Weekly World News was 'the World's only Reliable Newspaper.' All others disguise their fiction. With WWN you knew you were reading fiction and at least you got a laugh out of it. Children should be encouraged to read this Weekly World News archive before they tackle the mainstream sources. This will prepare them for the difficult task of distinguishing fact from fiction in today's news media and will also allow them to develop a sense of humor regarding the news industry. In turn, they will be less likely to pee in their pants when they find out that everyone, including them is a terrorist, or punch a hole in the wall over bailouts to financial criminals.
Here's a study example for your children: Make them read the 'Elvis IS Alive' exclusive interview in the Weekly World News. Then get a copy of the New York Times and point out the story 'Osama bin Laden - New Video Surfaces'. Explain to your child the similarities in the two stories and that both perpetuate the myth of a dead man still being alive. Once your child understands that all news is fiction, then he's ready to graduate to more challenging sources such as fair and balanced FOX News, CNN or MSNBC.