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New York Times Gets Punked

Filed under: General — DRJ @ 2:04 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]


“The New York Times admitted Monday it published a fake letter purportedly from the mayor of Paris criticizing Caroline Kennedy’s Senate bid as “appalling” and “not very democratic.”

The letter and the Times‘ correction are here. The letter was received via email. The Times edited the letter and returned it to the sender for approval, but it was published without verification even though no response was received.

I get outlandish emails every day but I check their accuracy before I decide whether to post. I guess I wouldn’t have to go to all the trouble if I worked for the New York Times.


19 Responses to “New York Times Gets Punked”

  1. Remind me…

    What was the reaction of the NYT when Palin got “pranked”?

    Scott Jacobs (a1c284)

  2. I get outlandish emails every day but I check their accuracy before I decide whether to post.

    Yeah, but you’re a guest blogger on a conservative political blog. They are a 150+ year-old major enterprise reaching millions and helping to shape public opinion.

    Oh wait, that’s an argument for why they ought to check these sorts of things more carefully, isn’t it?

    JVW (bff0a4)

  3. because it needs to be said:

    layers and layers of fact checkers and editors!

    gabriel (3b1f6b)

  4. Might have been the Mayor of Paris, California.

    Perfect Sense (9d1b08)

  5. And the NYSlimes smeared Gov Palin because of those two radio comedians (sic) who punked her and her staff? Wonder if they’ll take their snarky comments back now? Won’t hold my breath.

    eaglewingz08 (c46606)

  6. Might have been the Mayor of Paris Perris, California.

    Or, Paris TX?

    Another Drew (83402d)

  7. Off topic, (and I especially enjoy the NYTs getting punked) but this is the aniversary so what the heck. When you reach into that Christmas bowl of nuts this year, think of this…

    Joe (dcebbd)

  8. It’s very obvious what the problem is. The problem is that they have too many staffers sitting home in their pajamas working out their spleens on the internet.

    Hey, maybe they could start up a pajamas media group of romething? 😛

    GM Roper (85dcd7)

  9. Inspector Sullivan hard on the case of Sarah Palin!

    New York Times getting punked? Well that does not get Inspector Sullivan’s hormones flowing!

    Joe (dcebbd)

  10. Might have been the Mayor of Paris Texas.

    mcnorman (c482c1)

  11. I get outlandish emails every day but I check their accuracy before I decide whether to post.

    Good for you, DRJ! Glad to hear some people remain critical.

    Elvis Presley, live from Mars (20bd5b)

  12. They are still searching the Times building to find who wrote it.

    Amphipolis (e6b868)

  13. As DRJ noted, we all get tons of e-mail every day; fortunately the spam filter usually catches the ones for Rogaine (how do they know this?).

    You think if we punked them with a letter from Nicholas Sarközy praising the benefits of Viagra — a word which will probably throw this into the moderation queue — that the Times will publish it? 🙂

    The Dana who has been to Paris, Kentucky, but never lived there (556f76)

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  15. Maybe Patterico could write a post wherein he reveals the secret of discovering from where an email originates.

    I hear it’s pretty tricky business.

    Patricia (ee5c9d)

  16. I blame Bush. And, Kyoto.

    JD (037526)

  17. It was Rumsfeld, having a little fun.

    Another Drew (83402d)

  18. Maybe the NY Times is getting punked another way, too Or at least the publisher might be. Maybe this is why she dropped her married name. Wow, no wonder she isn’t answering questions.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  19. Her Royal Kennedyness, Countess Caroline Kennedy von Schlossberg, of the Grand Duchy of Fifth Avenue, has a net worth of $100 million, according to the New York Daily News.

    Official Internet Data Office (8aa339)

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