World’s Laziest Reporting Strikes Fox News – It’s NOT an original Mickey Mouse

I was just about to log off for the night when this story came across my radar. A Fox News station in Tampa Bay is back on the old story that the Walt Disney Company is refusing to authenticate what a gentleman claims is the original drawing of Mickey Mouse. Well, duh. It’s obvious to anyone with the slightest knowledge of Mickey’s early films that this isn’t an original Mickey.

I thought we put this one to bed last year, but now I’m so riled up to see it hit the airwaves again that I had to make another attempt at setting the record straight.

Mickey Mouse in \Someone get the local FOX news affiliates on the horn and ask them to do the slightest bit of research on this story about this confused gentlemen Steve Stein who thinks he has an original Mickey Mouse drawing from the 1920s. A simple search for “SteamBoat Willie” (Mickey’s first released animated short film) or “Plane Crazy” (the first film to feature Mickey, but not the first released) will reveal that: Mickey didn’t develop gloves on his hands until later in his life, he didn’t get the famous pie-eyes until the 30s, and the phones in the 20s didn’t use those curly phone cords either. Best of all, Walt wouldn’t have been drawing Mickey Mouse at that point anyway, it was Ub Iwerks who did almost all the drawings of Mickey Mouse for the Disney Brother Studios.

Thing is we already debunked this story in February of 2007 when the same Fox Tampa Television station ran this story. If the current reporter had just Googled “Steve Stein Mickey” my February story is the 4th result. Lazy reporting, exactly what I expect from Fox.

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6 Responses to World’s Laziest Reporting Strikes Fox News – It’s NOT an original Mickey Mouse

  1. CheriBibi says:

    That phone doesn’t look 20ish to me… We’ve seen Mickey playing with older phone have we ?

  2. Bobby Haldwine says:

    I wouldn’t blame Fox for this. It’s the local affiliate. Fox doesn’t control what they do. They have their own news divisions just like the ones we have here. One dumb reporter doesn’t cast the network in doubt, it cast the reporter in doubt.

  3. Whit says:

    Yep. Fair and balanced.

  4. Ken Pellman says:

    Hey, I’m going to give them a call. I have an original Van Gogh, “Man Using an Ipod”. I wonder how much I can get for that?

  5. TheYeti says:

    I blame the broadcast journalism mentality. I went to college with plenty of “reporters” who didn’t care about perfecting their writing or doing research. They just wanted to be in front of the camera.

  6. Ceronomus says:

    Sigh…the sorry state of journalism in the US is to blame. Ever since News programs were required to be “entertaining” and be ratings driven instead of actually NEWS driven? The US Media blows.

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