To those coming over from Gawker for a few moments to read about a small April Fool’s stunt that punked The New York Times, and how it happened, welcome.
[Bumped and updated: Welcome, also, Instapundit, and others linked below]
[Updated x2 due to an influx of political bloggers from the right side of the aisle, with a selection below]
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See: NYT Fooled Twice on April Fools’ Day (Gawker)
- Mr. NYPILB Doesn’t Go to Washington (Coverage Counsel):
And I, for one, am glad Mr. NYPILB is staying in New York. And that he posted that second, less aged-looking photo of himself with his family…
- Blogger Tricks NYT on April Fools Day (Mediaite):
April 2nd is sometimes like the “morning after” scene in a big war movie, where you walk around the body-strewn battlefield and try to identify everyone who’s been killed. Or in this case, fooled. This year, one of the victims turned out to be that old veteren war horse, the New York Times, who got tricked by a prank pulled by the writer of a law blog…
- Turkewitz White House Law Blogger Announcement Has Legs Despite Mediocre Use of Photoshop (Legal Blog Watch):
…But, it was still April 1. Sooooooo, Turkewitz posted a denial of the denial. Seriously? I won’t even attempt to catalog all of the blog backing and forthing about this story, but I will show you the following….
- Today’s Blooper of the Week (Set in Style):
April Fool’s Day was great fun for some. Even the Pope participated, washing 12 pairs of feet with water and (who knew?) a solution that made those feet itch like mad 10 minutes later….
- New York Times Falls for April Fool’s Prank (FishbowlNY @ MediaBistro):
The Gray Lady woke up this morning with a few extra gray hairs and a fish on her back….
- Turkewitz Blogger — The OTHER One — Punks The New York Times (Let’s Talk Turkey):
Eric Turkewitz, blogger extraordinaire, also happens to be my man. He’s got a highly-popular blog in the legal and political landscape and rarely do our paths cross in the traffic-jammed blogosphere. But today they did…
- New York Times is April Fooled by Law Blogger (Lowering the Bar)
Not me, unfortunately — as I pointed out yesterday, nobody with fingers and access to a search engine would be fooled for very long by anything I tried to pass off as serious. But somebody, or a group of somebodies, with more respectability than me did manage to fool no less than the New York Times for about three hours…
- That April Foolin’ New York Personal Injury Lawyer (Wise Law Blog):
I confess that for a brief moment, I was fooled too.
When our blawger friend, Eric Turkewitz of the New York Personal Injury Attorney Blog announced his appointment last week as “official White House law blogger,” my instant immediate reaction was ‘wow, that’s cool — I know that guy!’…
- LAYERS OF EDITORS AND FACT-CHECKERS FAIL AGAIN: Fake story meant to ensnare bloggers catches NYT instead. (Intstapundit – 4/5/10):
Heh. Well, anybody can be fooled, but the Big Media folks sure pull a lot of attitude.
- New York Times Caught Not Fact Checking April Fools’ Hoax (Stinky Journalism):
The New York Times got “punked” this April Fools’ Day by a New York personal injury attorney.
The newspaper, it appears, blogged a report without fact checking, Googling, or even checking the date..
- April Fool’s Trick at New York Personal Injury Law Blog Fools Some and Shows How False Stories Become Mainstream — as in Ancient History, Egyptology and Biblical Studies (Law Pundit):
Obviously, it was not very likely that the story was true. The White House is not going to hire a “White House blogger” outside of its own ranks – just consider the ramifications for domestic and foreign policy if such a blogger actually existed – and the story was thus so openly a farce that we paid no attention to it. Some people however fell into the trap….
- Fake story meant to ensnare bloggers catches NYT instead (Liberty Pundits):
And these clowns wonder why they are circling the drain? This lawyer pulled the fake story stunt to entrap us — political bloggers — because “fact checking is not” our “strong suit,” so he claimed. We ignored the story, and the NYT ran with it…[much more, with bonus personal attack, no extra charge!]
- Fake story meant to ensnare bloggers catches NYT instead (LauraIngraham):
It’s a good ruse complete with charts and stories…
- New York Times punked again (American Thinker):
What happens when a personal injury lawyer tries to punk “political bloggers”? Answer: the blogs ignore it, but the New York Times runs with it — on April 1…
- April Fools’ Joke Snares NYTimes (TheAtlanticWire):
The rise of Twitter has made rapid information-sharing and fact-checking so easy that many journalists spent April Fools’ Day bemoaning the end of pranks. But one enterprising law blogger could celebrate a successful hoax when he hooked the Gray Lady herself…
That's hilarious. You can take it as a compliment. You are so trusted of a source that the NY Times would take your word for it.
Honestly, you had me too. I thought it made no sense that the White House would anoint a blogger as "official" other than perhaps having an rss feed from the press office. But then I thought that it does kindof fit the "regular guy" image that the Obama/Biden White House sometimes strives for. Plus, Eric Turkewitz wouldn't lie — couldn't happen. I was waiting for more details, and had planned to send you a comment or tweet saying congratulations.
I suppose I'm gullible though. Yesterday morning my wife convinced me she had spontaneously adopted a second basset hound. I was planning a trip to Petco in my head before she told me it was a prank.
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