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April Fool Me Once, Shame On Me. But Twice? Come ON!

Posted by Andrew J. Barovick | Apr 01, 2011 | 0 Comments

This post has nothing to do with medical malpractice. Instead, today's focus is on a broader issue. Communication.

It's far from a perfect newspaper. But the New York Times has earned its well-deserved spot as a serious source of news, to be consulted regularly by those who care about such things.

And yet, last April Fool's Day, the Grey Lady got punked, badly, falling head over heels for some fabricated news.  If you can't remember, or did not see it, get onto Google and school yourself.

There were all kinds of recriminations afterwards, and some well-intended corporate self-examination. So you would have thought that the NY Times would have fool-proofed itself against any future mishaps.  But you would be wrong.  It's one thing, and quite minor,  for it to have bought into the story of bacon-flavored air, as WINS AM radio reported this morning.  Any of us bacon lovers could have believed that, just because we want so much for it to be true.

But to have fallen for the same type of gag for the second year in a row?  That's pretty unbelievable.  Bccause it's still a little early for me, I'm going to let Michael Cernovich over at the Crime and Federalism Blog give you the dotty details.

Be careful out there!

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Andrew J. Barovick

Mr. Barovick is a graduate of Columbia College and Cardozo School of Law. He began his legal career at the Queens District Attorney’s Office, where he tried over 20 felonies to verdict, and argued an equal number of appeals before the Appellate Division, Second Department, the New York Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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