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A fake website linking cult US television show The Wire to not-so-cult Blighty TV drama Midsomer Murders has hoodwinked several newspapers into reporting what they believed were the reactionary views of Baltimore mayor Sheila Dixon. The Guardian and Independent were both caught out by the hoax planted by political blogger and …

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Joke

art imatating life...

a fabricated story... i wonder if Scott Templeton now works at the Grauniad...

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FAIL

Oh the ironing!

"It was quite an elaborate hoax including not only a spoof website, but also a fake Twitter account and a fake YouTube channel"

Oh. Dear.

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WTF?

MEGA TYPO

If hacks at the Grauniad and elsewhere had checked

the Grauniad and

Grauniad

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Boffin

@BoBeR182 - the Grauniad

The Guardian bears that nickname because of their apparent use - or, rather, lack thereof - of spellcheckers when it comes to publishing. Not so long ago, it was common to find as many - or more - spelling mistakes on a single page in this much-"loved" English newspaper as you get on your average web forum where EASL(*) speakers post

(*)English As Second Language

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@BoBeR182

Hi BoBe,

That's actually the nickname for the Guardian, from it's history of poor typesetting and sub-editing. Good spot, though.

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FAIL

it was an elaborate hoax

not one of those simple ones we normally fall for like someone fiddling with wikipedia.

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Welcome

@BoBeR182

If I may temporarily borrow yet another /. meme, ummm, you must be new here.

http://search.theregister.co.uk/?q=grauniad

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