The Emily Litella 2013 Journalism Award Goes To…

emily-litellaThe New York Daily News!

Not only did you report a non-existent VX nerve gas event at the JFK mail facility, you did just a wee bit of a stealth edit to the original article to cover your tracks.

Well, a big stealth edit, actually.

Look at the URL:

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/nypd-investigating-mail-nerve-gas-jfk-airport-article-1.1423812

(Sorry I didn’t get a screen cap, but that was the basic tenor of the original post, both in the article and the headline, if not the exact verbiage of the headline.)

Now it looks like this:

Phosphoric acid sickens 2 JFK Airport workers

The workers quickly recovered. At first, it was believed the package at the post office might have contained nerve gas.

Yes, it was believed to have contained nerve gas, per your original (stealth-edited) post.

Oh, never mind.

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2 Responses to The Emily Litella 2013 Journalism Award Goes To…

  1. Dan Draney says:

    Phosphoric acid has no smell, and it’s generally used/sold as a concentrated solution in water. So in no sense is it a gas.

  2. Pingback: “Nerve gas” attack turns out to be … nail polish remover « Hot Air

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