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December 23rd, 2000

Lack of Facts of Life

There is a new low in newspaper reporting: Roxy Anne Trent woke up to find that her murder had been reported in the local paper. Friends called throughout the day (odd — why would you call someone you read was dead?) and the woman believes her ex-boyfriend sent the bogus death notice to the paper.

Obviously the paper did absolutely no fact checking. Seems like mainstream media is doing this more and more — like when a reporter asked Hillary Clinton about the Internet Tax that had been proven to be a urban legend a year earlier. Or when G. Gordon Liddy tried to use the well-known urban legend about a testicle-shootin’ grandma to smugly forward his pro-NRA stance on his radio show. Come on, folks — people expect this kind of inaccurate reporting from random joes on the Web, but who can we trust to fact check stories before rushing to press? -ram

Posted in Miscellaneous

FROM: Robert
DATE: Saturday December 23, 2000 -- 1:10:56AM
Oh my Dio, Ryan! I thought I was the only geek reading the Urban Legend Reference Page!



FROM: Matt
DATE: Saturday December 23, 2000 -- 2:28:34AM
Or like when the Daily Ping covered these stories....



FROM: Robert
DATE: Saturday December 23, 2000 -- 4:36:13PM
This reminds me of the last year of the presidency of the elder George Bush when a reporter from CNN asked him about some wild rumor that he had an affair when he ran the CIA. C'mon, folks, who would ever do the nasty with George freakin' Bush Sr.?



FROM: dave
DATE: Saturday December 23, 2000 -- 4:50:10PM
Someone did, 'coz now we have a Bush Jr...but I don't think anyone wants to hear THAT rant.



FROM: Robert
DATE: Saturday December 23, 2000 -- 7:07:09PM
Oh yeah . . . I'd say that Babs Bush is some kind of saint for conceiving with dad, except that she spawned a demon.



FROM: john joe
DATE: Friday November 23, 2001 -- 10:07:46AM
u r a bunch of sickos



FROM: Tina
DATE: Friday November 23, 2001 -- 5:33:09PM
I mistakenly thought this Ping might be about the real "Facts of Life". Oh Mrs Garrett, where art thou?



FROM: Robert
DATE: Friday November 23, 2001 -- 10:22:56PM
Didn't she die about a year ago?



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday January 29, 2002 -- 4:07:08 pm
I never responded to this, but no -- Mrs. Garrett is still alive and well. :)



FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday January 29, 2002 -- 10:55:00 pm
That's a load off my mind.



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DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 3:02:31 pm



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