18 April 2005

Oh, so now I have to actually show up?

[source, source]

The Boston Globe on Friday retracted a story by a Halifax-based freelance writer that purported to describe the opening of the seal hunt.

The story, which was published Wednesday, contained details that “hunters on about 300 boats converged on ice floes, shooting seal cubs by the hundreds, as the ice and water turned red.”

However, the seal hunt was actually delayed until Friday morning due to bad weather.

What, is there some rule that when reporting on an event, it must have actually occurred? Whatever happened to the “fake but accurate” defense?

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