Look, we here at Cracked aren't cockeyed optimists (or cockeyed anything, for that matter). We've lived in this world long enough to understand that some folks just aren't "on the level" and the things they say should be "taken with a grain of salt" because they're "completely full of shit." But even jaded, cynical bastards like us should expect more from reputable news organizations. Shouldn't we?

Nope! Just take a look at a few of the more blatant lies that once passed for journalism.

#5. The New York Sun Reports the First Transatlantic Flight -- in 1844

We have made a shocking mess in the Middle East. This new adventure sets America up for incredible decline
Barack Obama applauds George W. Bush at the dedication ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, April 25, 2013. (Credit: Reuters/Jason Reed)

In history there are the Punic Wars and the Opium Wars, each a turning point, and now we must talk of our Iraq Wars. As of this week they count three since George Bush the Elder cynically drew Saddam Hussein into invading Kuwait 23 years ago.

by Pete Santilli, The Pete Santilli Show & The Guerilla Media Network

If you have been to an airport and interacted with TSA zombies, you almost get a sense that they are merely “doing their jobs” as their procedural manuals and training have instructed them.  The demographic and physical make-up of TSA agents clearly indicates that these individuals would likely be serving us at a local McDonald’s drive-thru if it weren’t for the positive effect a couple planes flying into buildings had — causing Americans to pull out their wallets and hand the U.S. Government trillions to “keep them safe”.