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John Skipper’s fake news class cancelled due to low registrations



This news story was published on February 16, 2018.
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Skipper: Fake news class CANCELLED –
but the fake news machine will
roll on, freelance style.

MASON CITY – A fake news class set to be taught by professor John Skipper of the Globe Gazette was cancelled due to low registrations.

The class, offered through NIACC, was to be taught this past Monday evening at the Mason City Library.  Schooling students in the specifics of fake news was supposed to be John Skipper of the Globe Gazette, who claims in the class description to work in the “real news” business – but some in town would argue the class perfectly fits the way he actually has reported news over the years.

Skipper’s fake news class
that virtually no one cared enough
to sign up for.

Skipper, possessing a PhD level of knowledge in fake news after years of experience at the Globe Gazette, was all set to perfectly articulate in the class how fake news was created, how to spot it and why it exists.  Drawing from his decades of toiling at the nearly-defunct newspaper, he was to offer a run-down on the fake news industry itself.

Despite this enrapturing, riveting content, NIT is told that registration and interest in Skipper’s fake news class was so low that NIACC cancelled the whole thing.  Registration cost was just $20 – but the unemployment rate is just 3% in Cerro Gordo county, so folks may have been tied up at work and too busy to attend.

John Skipper’s tenure in the “real news” business is tenuous, at best, as he announced this week he is no longer a “full-time” employee at the Globe Gazette as of this month.  He will instead become a freelancer who occasionally contributes columns.

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41 Responses to John Skipper’s fake news class cancelled due to low registrations

  1. Bill Amos Reply Report comment

    August 19, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    Let’s hear it (on here) from fans of John Skipper!

  2. Bill Amos Reply Report comment

    August 19, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    In MY opinion: That (“Silly Me”) blowhard has NEVER contributed any INTERESTING or WORTHWHILE stories or commentaries to the GG. Just a lot pap. Which is why he fit right in.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 15, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Whatever. Good!!!! He’s been the fake news for years.
    Then there’s him sounding like there’s shit in his mouth.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 21, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Time to put the police “out of business'” lol

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 21, 2018 at 9:05 am

    hey don’t sweat the small stuff, ‘
    kiper,ol

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 21, 2018 at 8:03 am

    Tight lip’ed mother F’ker. Bullsh!t. lol

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 20, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    “A skippy de doo, a skippy de day, a roast will do”. lol

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 19, 2018 at 7:03 am

    The ‘Roast of Skipper’. Admission free. lol

  9. mint Reply Report comment

    February 18, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Surely one of the topics covered planned was who actually owns 99% of all media, i.e. newspapers, books, publishing companies, all main stream news stations on t.v., Hollywood/all movies, documentary’s etc., music industry, no fake news, social engineering, predictive programming, propaganda going on there, correct?

  10. Abbott and Costello Reply Report comment

    February 18, 2018 at 5:13 am

    Who’s on first. What’s on second. I dunna know who’s on third. lol

  11. City Administrator Reply Report comment

    February 18, 2018 at 5:03 am

    That’s easy. Joseph Helfenberger, hands down. Next question.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 18, 2018 at 5:04 am

      If they go with someone else. They will lose again.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 18, 2018 at 5:05 am

        I should know. Roflamo

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          February 18, 2018 at 5:21 am

          Or is it Roflmao. May the best man win. Good luck!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 18, 2018 at 9:50 pm

      Really? He was let go in Florida and Ottumwa and you want him for our City? Let me guess, you didn’t graduated with a GPA above 2.0???

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 19, 2018 at 7:27 am

        Just spinning the cities ‘wheel of fortune’ for the win. Why do you have a better way. Let me guess here, too. You buy into this grade point average as the key indicator of intelligence. And amassing wealth as ‘I told you so, I’m really smart’. Should I give that wheel another spin smarty pants. lol

  12. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 17, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Coverage on this, but nothing on these Administrator candidates

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 17, 2018 at 8:20 pm

      Yes, I can’t understand why, but NIT seems to be giving a pass on this one.

  13. Watchdog Reply Report comment

    February 17, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Clearly referring to the Glob Gazette. Thank God for NIT for their honest and courageous reporting.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 17, 2018 at 12:16 pm

      And clearly your credibility is zero there little watchdoggie.
      You have publicly stated on this very website that Donald Trump has ALL of the virtues of a Boy Scout:
      “Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent”.

      Your views are irrelevant and asinine.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 17, 2018 at 12:51 pm

        Great post Bodacious. You are soooooooooooo smart.

  14. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 17, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Sounds like you are. Hahaha!

  15. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 17, 2018 at 6:23 am

    Hmmm 🙂

  16. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 17, 2018 at 5:17 am

    ICESKATTER don’t forget the beer for drunkmeyer

  17. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 17, 2018 at 1:39 am

    put Skipper in a google search and this is what came up’

    has-been

    /ˈhaz ˌbin/

    noun
    informalderogatory

    noun: hasbeen

    a person or thing considered to be outmoded or no longer of any significance

  18. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 16, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Matt you are so naughty! Love it!!!

  19. THE TRUTH AND ONLY THE TRUTH Reply Report comment

    February 16, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    John Skipper teaching “fake news”. This is the pot calling the kettle black. John Skipper has always been FAKE NEW!

  20. NIT4LIFE Reply Report comment

    February 16, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    Matt – if you put on the class EVERYONE would sign up! No one wants to talk to deal with SKIPPER!

    Wonder when Bookmeyer will teach a class?

    • Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

      February 16, 2018 at 7:23 pm

      Thanks! Actually, I used to teach computer classes at NIACC. I am an educator.

  21. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 16, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    What was he going to do with $20?

    • ice skater Reply Report comment

      February 16, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      buy a crate of pork n beans and head to Eric’s house

    • starkist Reply Report comment

      February 16, 2018 at 7:51 pm

      20 doll hairs buys a significant amount of Asian Tiuna

    • merry junk Reply Report comment

      February 17, 2018 at 12:21 am

      Can silly me man spell ‘demoted’

  22. bye Felicia Reply Report comment

    February 16, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    No one goes from FULL TIME to FREELANCER voluntarily. Thsi clown was DEMOTED!

    • NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

      February 16, 2018 at 4:15 pm

      Now, now. We don’t KNOW that Skipper was demoted (or fired?) from his full-time job. We do know that the newspaper business is in big trouble, and the Globe is the poster child for cutbacks and outsourcing. In my experience, having worked at the Globe for years, myself, they have routinely axed dead weight and then later, when said dead weight is really desperate for any sort of income, the Globe then offers them a ‘new’ position at an ‘altered’ rate of pay that is advantageous to the Globe and much less so for dead weight employee. I saw it happen time and again. So it is my guess that Skipper was actually fired or laid off, in reality, and then they offered him this lower position to save face.

      • Editor Reply Report comment

        February 17, 2018 at 3:55 pm

        Tell us about the conditions of your seperation from the Globe Marquardt instead of speculating about Skip.

  23. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 16, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Quite the embarrassing article to say the least. Why not take the high road once in a while and just report stories as they actually are and not what someone perceives them to be?

    Did NIACC send out a press release stating the class was cancelled due to low registration numbers?

    If Mr. Skipper is available for employment, why not hire him on a part-time basis?

    • Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

      February 16, 2018 at 4:27 pm

      I’ll answer your three questions, just like I answered all of Skipper’s fake news questions, previously:

      1. Sounds boring.
      2. Nope. Our sources relayed to the newsroom what took place.
      3. Skipper blew his chance at a position at NIT when he didn’t act on the first offer to be my coffee boy. Now it’s clear that even the Globe will barely keep him around. Offer rescinded.