Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Friday, May 16, 2003

Public Services

A brief follow-up to my March 13 post about fake news stories (no, not Jayson Blair); I'm hoping to make this a regular feature on this blog, I get a kick out of media gullibility. Yet another item now turns out too wacky to be true - the Tunbridge Wells superhero story was a hoax. Via Neil Gaiman (link at sidebar). My husband is sure to be heartbroken.

Also a reminder to anyone who doesn't want to create a fake e-mail account solely for the purposes of lying to the New York Times (no, not like Jayson Blair did) or revealing any personal information in order to get to their online articles: If you know the author and particularly the name of the article in question (article titles work best as keywords), chances are Google's news section can get it for you wholesale. For instance, Tom Tomorrow (link at sidebar) recommended Paul Krugman's latest opinion column, Paths of Glory. The link I just put up is to (persumably) the same op-ed carried on a non-NYT site. Enjoy.