At the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs finds out that there have been no new customers ever since he put a microscopic Krusty Krab ad in the Bikini Bottom Examiner newspaper, so he goes out and finds out people are buying a different newspaper called the Bottomfeeder behind the Krusty Krab. Mr. Krabs is informed by a buyer that the Examiner is not interesting, whereas the Bottomfeeder is. He also learns that the stories in the Bottomfeeder are not all truthful. When a woman passes by to buy a copy, Mr. Krabs, pretending to be nice, opens the machine for her, only for him to get one for free (he opened it for her, then took one for himself) to find out they charge 25 cents per word. Amazed at the price, Mr. Krabs decides to open his own newspaper business. The next day, SpongeBob finds out that Mr. Krabs will put him on two jobs: his normal fry cook duties, and being lead reporter for the Krabby Kronicle and is then given a badge and a camera.
After finding no interesting stories (despite a bank robbery, two fish destroying someone's boat, and a monster in the background), he walks off only to find Patrick waiting for the bus. Deciding that this banal event would make a juicy story, SpongeBob takes a picture of the scene, but Patrick insists that he was only watching the pole so that the next time it moves, he will be there to see it. At The Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs tells the lad that his stories aren't juicy enough, and turns the story of Patrick watching a pole into Patrick marrying a pole. Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob that these are not lies, but to give the people something that they can laugh about.
After this, SpongeBob writes lies about people (which leads to Mrs. Puff losing her job, Larry being kicked out of the gym, The Chum Bucket being shut down, and Sandy's trophies being taken away). SpongeBob tries to tell a now rich Mr. Krabs to stop hurting their friends—as well as their arch-nemesis, Plankton—but Mr. Krabs laughs it off, telling him that he will take away SpongeBob's spatula if he doesn't write more.
That night, Mr. Krabs tells him to give him the wildest story ever, so SpongeBob stays awake all night to write a story. The next day, an angry mob enters the Krusty Krab and yells at Mr. Krabs. It turns out Spongebob wrote about Mr. Krabs torturing him, forcing him to write lies that ruin other people's lives and keeping the money for himself, only caring for the money and didn't care about others. Furious at this, the angry mob comes and takes back all their money. Mr. Krabs, finding out with the printer he can print money, tells the gang to get him some scissors so he can start using his own imagination with the printer. The episode ends with Patrick ordering a Krabby Patty for he and his wife (the pole).
A book called "Stop the Presses!" which is similar to this episode, was out three years before this episode even aired.
The alternate title of the episode is "Krabs vs. Bikini Bottom."
This is the second time an episode mentions daytime television, with the first being in "Shanghaied." This term was mentioned a third time while having a real appearance in "The Clash of Triton."
When a lie about The Chum Bucket making food out of other fish, the health inspector from "Nasty Patty" appears.
In "Welcome to the Chum Bucket," there is a sandwich that is alive, so this is possibly somewhat true. Also, another factor is that chum is a species of salmon.
The lie where Plankton is accused for selling food made out of fish to other fish is a parody of the 1973 dystopian future film, Soylent Green, where a wafer called Soylent Green is made of human corpses.
The two fish were influenced by what SpongeBob wrote in the paper and thought that Sandy was a dumb mammal. However, in "Overbooked," many fish were in Sandy's Treedome and knew her already. Also, in "Texas," many of the fish knew Sandy and had a party for her. It is possible that this episode came before those two.
This is the third time SpongeBob is seen with a card to show his identity on his outfit. The other times were in "Missing Identity" and "As Seen on TV."
The headline saying "Plankton's Chum Made of Your Chums!" is probably true. Chum is in fact ground up fish.
Though in the episode "Spongicus," Plankton reveals his chum is made up of whale blubber, jellyfish squeezings, seahorse snot, and a sprinkle of anchor rust. Made may have added this to add extra "flavor."
Since The Chum Bucket is legally shut down, surely Mr. Krabs would be secure in the knowledge that the Krabby Patty formula is safe from Plankton. Yet SpongeBob, in all his guilt, doesn't see it that way.
The photo of SpongeBob on the title card shows him in his appearance from the first to third season rather than his current appearance.
The monster that appears in this episode looks similar to a water bear (tardigrade), except this one has six arms, purple skin, and a large size.
This is one of few times SpongeBob complains about receiving little money from Mr. Krabs as SpongeBob usually doesn't care for money that much at all.
This was the first episode that used Cartoon Sting 1 and Cartoon Sting 4.
The whip Mr. Krabs is shown using in the article about him is never seen in any other scene.
In this episode, there is a board over The Krusty Krab sign that says "Over 8 Bajilion Served". This may be a reference to "Over 8 Billion Served" from the Invader Zim episode "Career Day" on the McMeaty's sign.
This episode was referenced in the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Episode: Ponyville Confidential, when Gabby Gums write juicy stories about people.
This episode was probably inspired by the 1996-2000 TV series, Early Edition (starring Kyle Chandler, Shanesia David Williams, Billy Worley, Fisher Stevens, Kristy Swanson, and Myles Jeffrey).
When Larry got punched by the fish, you can see a road in one part but then no road. Plus, SpongeBob only took one picture at that time, not two.
When the two fish run out of Sandy's treedome, there are bubbles trailing behind them.
When Mr. Krabs was talking to SpongeBob in the first scene, SpongeBob's legs are not attached to his feet.
When the Bikini Bottomites wanted their money back, they go into the kitchen even though all of it is in Mr. Krab's office. It is possible they walked to the office through the kitchen. But, that doesn't explain why they walked back out from the kitchen.
When SpongeBob takes a picture of Patrick when he looks like he's waiting for the bus, the sign says "Bus Stop," but when Patrick arrives at the end of the episode when Mr. Krabs is printing his money, the sign says "Conch Road."
The newspaper machines weren't there when SpongeBob walked in the Krusty Krab, and after Mr. Krabs took a paper.
It is unknown how Mr. Krabs could have gotten the latest issue of the Examiner if that machine had not been touched in months.
There is a closed captioning error when Mr. Krabs says "Besides, how could a little news story possibly effect Mrs. Puff in any way?" (correct: "affect").
After Mr. Krabs modifies the first Krabby Kronicle, Patrick's hand is on the pole but in the original, his hands are by his side.
When Mr. Krabs walks into The Krusty Krab saying "What a money-tastical...," there is a sticker on The Krusty Krab of a burger. But when he finishes his sentence "...day, eh, Squidward?," once entering The Krusty Krab, the sticker is no longer there.
When the picture with Mr. Krabs shouting at SpongeBob is shown, Mr. Krabs' shirt is shown with no collar.
When SpongeBob takes a picture of Patrick staring at the pole, his face looks bored. However in the newspaper, he is seen in the picture smiling. It is possible that Mr. Krabs drew the smile on.
In this episode, the pole is taller than the scene, but at the end, the pole is a little taller than Patrick.
When Mr. Krabs throws SpongeBob to the typewriter, SpongeBob has his camera, but when he get to the typewriter, it disappears.
After Mr. Krabs leaves his office, and SpongeBob begins typing on the press, Mr. Krabs' office door is behind SpongeBob, but in the next shot, the door is not there.
When Mr. Krabs holds open the newspaper container, there is a coin slot on it, but instead of being on only one side, it's on both sides.
At first, the picture of Patrick shows him not holding the pole. But when Mr. Krabs draws a tuxedo on Patrick, he is holding it. It is possible that he drew it so Patrick looks like he's holding the pole.
Mr. Krabs does a lot of illegal things in this episode, such as printing money, or stealing paper out of the machine without paying. (Mr. Krabs breaks the law most of the time in this show.) Also, in the episode "Patty Caper," he stole the secret ingredient without paying $1.99 and used SpongeBob to blame everyone else with his little caper set up so he could take the fall for his tricks.
When Larry read the newspaper, he added an additional "gets."
When the blue fish took a paper out of the machine, no paper seems to be removed from the stack. This didn't happen when Mr. Krabs drags one out.
When SpongeBob took the photograph of Mrs. Puff next to the police officer, they weren't being in a chase, but for some reason, when the newspaper article is seen, the policeman is chasing after Mrs. Puff at high speed. This must be that SpongeBob possibly drew in the extra content into the picture.