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Writer Fabricated Boston Globe Story on Seal Hunt
Yahoo.com and Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 15, 2005 | Greg Frost

Posted on 04/17/2005 9:30:18 PM PDT by Grampa Dave

Writer Fabricated Boston Globe Story on Seal Hunt

Fri Apr 15, 6:54 PM ET

By Greg Frost

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Boston Globe freelance writer fabricated large chunks of a story published this week, the newspaper said on Friday in the latest incident to embarrass the U.S. media.

The Globe, which is owned by The New York Times Co., said it stopped using writer Barbara Stewart because of a story that ran on Wednesday about a seal hunt off Newfoundland -- a hunt, it turns out, that had not taken place.

The Halifax, Nova Scotia-datelined article described in graphic detail how the seal hunt began on Tuesday, with water turning red as hunters on some 300 boats shot harp seal cubs "by the hundreds."

The problem, however, was that the hunt did not begin on Tuesday; it was delayed by bad weather and was scheduled to start on Friday, weather permitting, the Globe said in an editor's note.

Stewart could not immediately be reached for comment.

The newspaper, which first learned of the problem when the Canadian government called to complain, said in an editor's note it should not have published the story and should have insisted on attribution for details because the writer was not reporting from the scene.

"Details included the number of hunters, a description of the scene, and the approximate age of the cubs. The author's failure to accurately report the status of the hunt and her fabrication of details at the scene are clear violations of the Globe's journalistic standards," the paper said.

'NEVER ASSUME'

Globe Foreign Editor James Smith said that the newspaper knew Stewart was not at the seal hunt and was doing her reporting from Halifax.

"What she told us -- and we did check during the day -- was that she had confirmed with one of the fishermen in the story that it was going ahead," Smith said, adding that in retrospect the paper should have worked harder to clarify this.

"The point is, never assume," he told Reuters.

He added that Globe staffers have since reviewed two other stories Stewart wrote for the paper, but found no inaccuracies or other problems with them.

Canada is extremely sensitive about the hunt, during which hundreds of thousands of seals are beaten to death or shot for their pelts every year. U.S. activists, who says the seals are killed inhumanely, are urging consumers to shun Canadian seafood until the hunt is stopped.

Canadian Fisheries Minister Geoff Regan said his officials had called the paper to point out the error.

"We've been trying to get the facts out about the seal harvest, the fact that the herd is very healthy ... that in 98 percent of cases it (the hunt) is done in a humane way," he told Reuters in a telephone interview.

Officials with the newspaper were not immediately available for further comment.

U.S. media organizations have been hit with a series of high-profile cases involving plagiarism or fabrication.

In 2003, The New York Times' top two editors, Howell Raines and Gerald Boyd, left the paper after it was disclosed that reporter Jayson Blair had fabricated and plagiarized material.

CBS News, The Washington Post, NBC News, CNN, the New Republic magazine and USA Today have also been caught up in celebrated flaps over inaccurate reporting.

(additional reporting by David Ljunggren in Ottawa)


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bostonglob; bostonglobe; bsglobe; bullzogby; fabrication; fishwrap; jaysonblairsyndrome; liberalelites; lyingglobereporter; lyinglefties; lyingmediot; mainstreammedia; medialies; propaganda; sealhunt; theglob; zogbyism
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The time honored tradition of lying and fabricating news continues with the Boston Globe and its owner, the NY Slimes.
1 posted on 04/17/2005 9:30:19 PM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Grampa Dave

Fake but accurate. There should be a law.


2 posted on 04/17/2005 9:32:45 PM PDT by Fenris6 (3 Purple Hearts in 4 months w/o missing a day of work? He's either John Rambo or a Fraud)
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To: Grampa Dave

"U.S. media organizations have been hit with a series of high-profile cases involving plagiarism or fabrication."

"In 2003, The New York Times' top two editors, Howell Raines and Gerald Boyd, left the paper after it was disclosed that reporter Jayson Blair had fabricated and plagiarized material."

"CBS News, The Washington Post, NBC News, CNN, the New Republic magazine and USA Today have also been caught up in celebrated flaps over inaccurate reporting."

The fabrication of news and the lying about news continues it great tradition across our nation with the MSM.

But what the heck, this could have, might have or may be true, so her intent was good.


3 posted on 04/17/2005 9:34:50 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 4 decades.)
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To: Grampa Dave

The Slimes and Glob .. like peas in a pod Bump


4 posted on 04/17/2005 9:35:42 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative.)
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To: Fenris6

"Fake but accurate!"

The new byline of the MSM mediots.


5 posted on 04/17/2005 9:35:45 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 4 decades.)
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To: Grampa Dave

The "reporter" obviously has no bias. She was just under such huge pressure to get a story, she was forced to do anything necessary to have one. And we are supposed to blame the reporter? Gosh people, don't you have any sympathy?


6 posted on 04/17/2005 9:36:25 PM PDT by vpintheak (Liberal = The antithesis of Freedom and Patriotism)
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To: Grampa Dave
In 2003, The New York Times' top two editors, Howell Raines and Gerald Boyd, left the paper after it was disclosed that reporter Jayson Blair had fabricated and plagiarized material.

Just thought mentioning the New York Times as it relates to ANY "fabricated and plagerized material" should be mandatory at FR.

7 posted on 04/17/2005 9:36:37 PM PDT by Liberator
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To: NormsRevenge

The Slimes and the Glob are worthless when it comes to reporting the real news.


8 posted on 04/17/2005 9:37:11 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 4 decades.)
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To: Grampa Dave

when it comes to reporting the real news.

Well, Heck, then they'll just have to make something up .;-)


9 posted on 04/17/2005 9:38:34 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative.)
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To: vpintheak
The "reporter" obviously has no bias. She was just under such huge pressure to get a story, she was forced to do anything necessary to have one. And we are supposed to blame the reporter? Gosh people, don't you have any sympathy?

Maybe 60 minutes will do a special on why so many journalists are compelled to just make stuff up? cough

10 posted on 04/17/2005 9:39:02 PM PDT by Fenris6 (3 Purple Hearts in 4 months w/o missing a day of work? He's either John Rambo or a Fraud)
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To: vpintheak

It appears that the editors sent her out to fake this story from her hotel room to rile up their readers re the "slaughter of the innocent seal pups!"

This is right out of chapter one of the Jayson Blair manual of how to get whacked out and write a sensational story in your hotel room.


11 posted on 04/17/2005 9:39:04 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 4 decades.)
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To: Grampa Dave
Baby Seal goes into a bar...bartender says "what'll ya have"...seal says, "Canadian Club, on the rocks..."
12 posted on 04/17/2005 9:40:19 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (re: Michael Moore - Would PETA object to a land based whale hunt?)
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To: Liberator

"In 2003, The New York Times' top two editors, Howell Raines and Gerald Boyd, left the paper after it was disclosed that reporter Jayson Blair had fabricated and plagiarized material."

""Just thought mentioning the New York Times as it relates to ANY "fabricated and plagerized material" should be mandatory at FR.""

I never miss the opportunity to lump these bs stories in with the Slimes.


13 posted on 04/17/2005 9:40:42 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 4 decades.)
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To: Keith in Iowa

"Baby Seal goes into a bar...bartender says "what'll ya have"...seal says, "Canadian Club, on the rocks..."


You should send that the Glob's editor.


14 posted on 04/17/2005 9:41:21 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 4 decades.)
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To: Grampa Dave
...the seal hunt began on Tuesday, with water turning red as hunters on some 300 boats shot harp seal cubs "by the hundreds."

I'm sure she could see the ocean from her hotel room. And the water does often turn a reddish hue at sunset. Anyone could have made the same mistake.
15 posted on 04/17/2005 9:42:41 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (Unemployed people should forfeit their right to vote.)
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To: Fenris6

"Maybe 60 minutes will do a special on why so many journalists are compelled to just make stuff up? cough"

Mapes and Blather and a few other former CBS liars have nothing else to do. So they could fake a story on why so called journalists make stuff up and pass it on as news.


16 posted on 04/17/2005 9:42:59 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 4 decades.)
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To: Pan_Yan

"I'm sure she could see the ocean from her hotel room. And the water does often turn a reddish hue at sunset. Anyone could have made the same mistake."

Makes one wonder what drugs or combination with booze makes the ocean turn red to the whacked out one. Maybe she just saw her eyes in the mirror while creating this whopper.


17 posted on 04/17/2005 9:45:08 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 4 decades.)
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To: vpintheak

Yep, we have no sympathy for lying reporters.


18 posted on 04/17/2005 9:46:35 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 4 decades.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Liz; MeekOneGOP; Fintan

FYI.

The lying and fabrication of news marches on.


19 posted on 04/17/2005 9:48:06 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 4 decades.)
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To: Grampa Dave
"Canadian Fisheries Minister Geoff Regan said his officials had called the paper to point out the error. "

Don't be surprised to see the Globe claim that they caught their own error.

20 posted on 04/17/2005 9:48:22 PM PDT by cookcounty ("We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts" ---Abe Lincoln, 1858.)
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To: cookcounty

In the old days, the Glob would have hidden its retraction on page 19 of the section after the obits.

In today's world that doesn't work. Reuters, which is one of the biggest bsers re news, was happy to report this as news. Then it went on Yahoo tonight as one of the top 4 breaking stories.


21 posted on 04/17/2005 9:50:55 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 4 decades.)
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To: Fenris6
"What she told us -- and we did check during the day -- was that she had confirmed with one of the fishermen in the story that it was going ahead," Smith said, adding that in retrospect the paper should have worked harder to clarify this.

They knew the story was fake! It only became an issue when the government nailed them. The government knew it was fake because the hunt didn't take place. So the reporter had to be sacrificed.

gitmo

22 posted on 04/17/2005 9:53:25 PM PDT by gitmo (Thanks, Mel. I needed that.)
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To: Grampa Dave

Hey, you see one baby seal bloodfest, you've seen 'em all...


23 posted on 04/17/2005 10:12:48 PM PDT by Old Professer (As darkness is the absence of light, evil is the absence of good; innocence is blind.)
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To: tgslTakoma; kristinn; BillF

a new target for april 30th


24 posted on 04/17/2005 10:15:02 PM PDT by staytrue
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To: Old Professer

This liar, er, reporterette, apparently never saw a baby seal bloodfest. So her vivid imagination with some chemical help created the baby seal bloodfest.


25 posted on 04/17/2005 10:28:26 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 4 decades.)
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To: Grampa Dave

not to be confused with the fake anectodal happy homosexual stories they publish when attempting to push nomalization of the certain sexual fetishes or abnormalizing marriage.


26 posted on 04/17/2005 10:42:42 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: longtermmemmory

The phoney baloney stories about how great the homosexual life and family are, appear daily in the left wing fishwraps across America.

They constantly push the homosexual agenda as great, wonderful and normal.


27 posted on 04/17/2005 10:59:35 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 4 decades.)
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To: Grampa Dave

"It appears that the editors sent her out to fake this story from her hotel room..."

Yes, overlooking the fact that she got the MAIN IDEA wrong, how was is she was going to be able to write about "water running red" etc. if she wasn't even there?

These reporters are getting very lazy. If they want to sit around in their pajamas and write they should become honest bloggers.


28 posted on 04/18/2005 2:30:25 AM PDT by jocon307 (Irish grandmother rolls in grave, yet again!)
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To: Grampa Dave

No surprise here! The Jayson Blair Slimes standards are alive and well in the fish wrapper industry.


29 posted on 04/18/2005 2:39:06 AM PDT by leprechaun9
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To: staytrue
a new target for april 30th

The list keeps growing, and at an incredible rate.

30 posted on 04/18/2005 3:55:55 AM PDT by tgslTakoma
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To: Grampa Dave; Alamo-Girl; onyx; ALOHA RONNIE; SpookBrat; Republican Wildcat; Howlin; ...
The time honored tradition of lying and fabricating news
continues with the Boston Globe and its owner, the NY Slimes.


Writer Fabricated Boston Globe Story on Seal Hunt

Excerpt:

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Boston Globe freelance writer fabricated large chunks of a story published this week, the newspaper said on Friday in the latest incident to embarrass the U.S. media.

The Globe, which is owned by The New York Times Co., said it stopped using writer Barbara Stewart because of a story that ran on Wednesday about a seal hunt off Newfoundland -- a hunt, it turns out, that had not taken place.

The Halifax, Nova Scotia-datelined article described in graphic detail how the seal hunt began on Tuesday, with water turning red as hunters on some 300 boats shot harp seal cubs "by the hundreds."

The problem, however, was that the hunt did not begin on Tuesday; it was delayed by bad weather and was scheduled to start on Friday, weather permitting, the Globe said in an editor's note.

Stewart could not immediately be reached for comment.


Please let me know if you want ON or OFF my General Interest ping list!. . .don't be shy.


31 posted on 04/18/2005 5:44:51 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: Grampa Dave
Thanks for the post and heads up, Grampa. I am SHOCKED! :^O







NOT!

Here's another big media LIAR!



32 posted on 04/18/2005 5:51:14 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: Grampa Dave
"It's Bush's fault, she HAD to lie...yeah, that's the ticket..."


33 posted on 04/18/2005 5:52:28 AM PDT by bitt ("There are troubling signs Bush doesn't care about winning a third term." (JH2))
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To: MeekOneGOP

"...in the latest incident to embarrass the U.S. [B.S] media..." [... which is why the New Media continues to pass ahead of the Old BS Media.]


34 posted on 04/18/2005 6:09:03 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (<<<< Profile page streamlined, solely devoted Schiavo research)
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To: jocon307
"If they want to sit around in their pajamas and write they should become honest bloggers."


35 posted on 04/18/2005 6:13:22 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (<<<< Profile page streamlined, solely devoted Schiavo research)
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To: vpintheak
And we are supposed to blame the reporter? Gosh people, don't you have any sympathy?

Tuesday, Friday, what's the difference? And who needs to actually see something to give an in-depth detailed eye-witness acount slamming people?

36 posted on 04/18/2005 6:15:36 AM PDT by xJones
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To: Grampa Dave

Boston Globe alternative masthead suggestions: "We report the news BEFORE it happens!", and "We report the news that SHOULD happen!"


37 posted on 04/18/2005 6:17:56 AM PDT by Puddleglum (Thank God the Boston blowhard lost)
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To: Grampa Dave

""Baby Seal goes into a bar...bartender says "what'll ya have"...seal says, "Canadian Club, on the rocks..."


You should send that the Glob's editor."

Or Maxxim magazine.


38 posted on 04/18/2005 6:18:09 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (60 votes and the world changes.)
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To: jocon307

Now that I think about it, is this writer should be a guest of Art Bell. Way below the standards of most bloggers.


39 posted on 04/18/2005 6:19:43 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (<<<< Profile page streamlined, solely devoted Schiavo research)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March

"...is this writer should be..."

Er, yes. I still stand by what I say. I'll take typos over shams any day of the week.


40 posted on 04/18/2005 6:21:07 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (<<<< Profile page streamlined, solely devoted Schiavo research)
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To: Puddleglum

One more Boston Globe slogan sugggestion, "We decide, then report."


41 posted on 04/18/2005 6:22:18 AM PDT by Puddleglum (Thank God the Boston blowhard lost)
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To: Grampa Dave
CBS News, The Washington Post, NBC News, CNN, the New Republic magazine and USA Today have also been caught up in celebrated flaps over inaccurate reporting.

And yet, Fox News Channel is always getting raked over the coals for being biased. Oh, I forgot, because there are no editorial inaccuracies, the MSM has to make up their own lies about Fox.

42 posted on 04/18/2005 6:24:58 AM PDT by rabidralph (Ahhh, the internet.)
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To: jocon307

"These reporters are getting very lazy. If they want to sit around in their pajamas and write they should become honest bloggers."

Excellent! Maybe this should be sent to the editors and those in charge to TV/Radio pseudo/quasi news, when this bs is outed.


43 posted on 04/18/2005 6:39:41 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 4 decades.)
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To: Grampa Dave

Why cover the story when you can stay at home and make it up? Jason Blair knows about that convenience.


44 posted on 04/18/2005 6:40:16 AM PDT by Carolinamom
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To: Grampa Dave

This story reminds me of last summer when a major magazine made-up coverage of the Republican Convention and erred by printing it before the convention began. What was the magazine, anyone remember?


45 posted on 04/18/2005 6:40:47 AM PDT by JoeGar
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To: gitmo

"They knew the story was fake! It only became an issue when the government nailed them. The government knew it was fake because the hunt didn't take place. So the reporter had to be sacrificed."

Bingo! The head liars, the publishers and editors of the Glob knew this was a piece fiction and only responded when the story was outed as a lie.


46 posted on 04/18/2005 6:41:17 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 4 decades.)
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To: leprechaun9

"No surprise here! The Jayson Blair Slimes standards are alive and well in the fish wrapper industry."

When we read BS like this, the first thing that comes to our mind is this BS is right out Jayson Blairs first chapter on how to create and lie about events and call that BS news.


47 posted on 04/18/2005 6:44:40 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 4 decades.)
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To: Grampa Dave
Done deal.
48 posted on 04/18/2005 6:45:37 AM PDT by Little Bill (A 37%'r, a Red Spot on a Blue State)
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To: Grampa Dave
Look at all the money they save on air-fair.
49 posted on 04/18/2005 6:46:34 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Washington DC RINO Hunting Guide)
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To: Puddleglum

"Boston Globe alternative masthead suggestions: "We report the news BEFORE it happens!", and "We report the news that SHOULD happen!"

Plus: "If it didn't happen, the way we wanted it to happen. We will pretend that it did and ignore the truth."


50 posted on 04/18/2005 6:46:40 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 4 decades.)
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