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April 10th, 2010

NYT Explains How They Got Punked on April Fool’s Day

The New York Times has a piece on social media and how the Times is dealing with it, and the mistakes that they are making in the process. Part of it concerns our little April Fool’s joke, in this excerpt from the Public Editor in The Danger of Always Being On:

David Goodman, who writes New York Online, an aggregation of news from many sources, bit on a claim by Eric Turkewitz, a personal injury lawyer and blogger, that he had been appointed official White House law blogger. Goodman tossed in a short item at the end of his April 1 post. Turkewitz wrote the next day that he had been hoping to catch political bloggers, “whose reputation is to grab any old rumor and run with it,” but instead bagged “the vaunted New York Times.”

Goodman, who said he knows he should have checked it out, especially on April Fool’s Day, said that because several prominent legal blogs also had the item, he gave it more credibility than he should have. What he did not know was that the other bloggers were in on the hoax. Corbett said the episode pointed up the risks of news aggregation and the need to rely on trustworthy sources.

But we weren’t the only ones to get them. They explain another episode also.

3 thoughts on “NYT Explains How They Got Punked on April Fool’s Day

  1. Yes. The whole thing was pretty amusing. As for the aftermath, whatever you thought of what Marshall said, the classiest response was the one you gave. It was a simple, yes, I accept your apology.

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