Irony:  the expression of meaning through the use of language signifying the opposite, typically for humorous effect.  And the effect was, indeed, humorous!  It seems this lawyer posted a fake story stunt for the expressed purpose of entrapment, publishing the deliberately false story that he had been appointed the “official White House law blogger.”  In his words, found in the follow-up he later had to post (emphasis helpfully added to help point out the irony):

The basic idea was this: A bunch of law bloggers would try to punk the political bloggers, whose reputation is to grab any old rumor and run with it. Fact checking hasn’t always been the strong suit of this community.

But the political bloggers, to their collective credit, didn’t bite, despite wide dissemination of the story. Not on the right or the left. Instead it was the vaunted New York Times that ran with the story without bothering to check its facts. The Times, of course, had no sense of humor about it when the angry phone call came to me a couple of hours later.

Credibility is essential to the news business, I would think.  So why would the allegedly “vaunted NYT” “grab any old rumor and run with it?”  Their feeble attempts at fact checking (see link) yielded no checked facts!  And this wasn’t even an ideologically charged story.  So the critical question becomes:  If they can’t get this right, why trust them on more important issues, particularly those that are ideologically framed?  And with this kind of “performance,” how can they wonder why their circulation continues to decline (which they try to hide much as the globaloney warmers try to hide the decline in global temperatures…hmm, I wonder if there’s any connection?).

Of course, other questions to ask include, just who is this dude and why would anyone care?  There’s just a touch of hubris in the very nature of the prank given it assumes a significant number of people would, in fact, be interested.

Regardless, in this instance the blogosphere proves to be less susceptible to yammering on and spreading unverified information than the allegedly superior and objective NYT.  Oopsie!  The demise of liberal MSM continues apace as they commit hari-kari on themselves by allowing the separation between facts and fiction to become ever more tenuous on their pages, cellulose or electronic.

The simple believes every word, But the prudent considers well his steps.
Proverbs 14:15

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