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The Lost, Very Lost Angeles Times: Fake But Accurate Again!

Wednesday, December 28, 2005  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

From yesterday’s front page story in the Los Angeles Times, “Wolves Thrive but Animosity Keeps Pace”:

But now, as the Fish and Wildlife Service ponders a delisting plan that would turn over management of the wolves to the states, federal officials are balking at plans they fear would allow hunters to exterminate whole packs.

In Wyoming, for example, Gov. Dave Freudenthal last April decreed that the Endangered Species Act is no longer in force and that the state “now considers the wolf as a federal dog,” unworthy of protection. The governor’s declaration reflects the views of hunters and ranchers that the wolves are decimating elk herds and devouring cattle and sheep. Some rural residents say they fear that wolves may prey on children.Idaho, home to the largest population of wolves in the West, has been the least welcoming. Officials say hundreds of wolves have been shot, in violation of federal law. A recent spate of poisonings has not only killed wolves, but dozens of ranch dogs and family pets that ingested pesticide-laced meatballs left along wildlife trails, state wildlife managers say.

Too bad this assertion is founded on an April Fool’s joke already long ago revealed as such. From today’s Casper Star Tribune:

No, Gov. Dave Freudenthal really didn’t tell the federal government to go to hell or say that wolves are “federal dogs” in Wyoming, despite what a major national newspaper told its readers Tuesday.

“Oh, boy, that never happened,” the governor’s press secretary, Lara Azar, said Tuesday afternoon.

What started out as a bogus news release written as an April Fool’s joke by Afton outfitter Maury Jones has turned up as fact in the media — unfortunately, for the second time, according to Azar.

And from the Times?

Los Angeles Times deputy metro editor David Lauter called the error unfortunate. “We hate when this kind of thing happens, and we correct it as quickly as we can,” he said.

“The reporter saw it on the Internet and had talked to the governor in the past, so she was familiar enough with the way he talks and writes that she thought it sounded authentic and she didn’t check, which she should have,” Lauter said.

Another version of “fake but accurate.” Since the reporter once talked with a governor, she felt confident she could spot the authentic voice. This is elite, lefty MSM reporting, and it isn’t pretty.

Can’t wait to read the front page correction, and the self-study it launches at the Times.

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