On Monday, the paper of record published an e-mail from the mayor of Paris slamming Caroline Kennedy’s political maneuvering as “appalling.” Unfortunately, the Times failed to check whether the message was authentic — it wasn’t. Guess that explains all those articles by Nigerian princes.


The New York Times has said a letter purporting to be from the mayor of Paris that attacked Caroline Kennedy’s bid for a Senate seat was a fake.

The letter, which was signed with the name of Bertrand Delanoe and printed in Monday’s paper, called Ms Kennedy’s bid “not very democratic” and “appalling”.

The New York Times said it had failed to check whether the letter, which was sent by e-mail, was authentic.

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