Monday, November 29, 2010

Fiction: "Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity Losing Interest Fast"

On October 18, 2010, “Ulsterman” published an article entitled "Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity Losing Interest Fast." This is an excerpt of that article:
Still, while Glenn Beck’s Washington D.C. rally drew
hundreds of thousands, it is quite plausible to see the
Stewart/Colbert rally draw a still-respectable crowd in the
tens of thousands. According to Jan Wilcox, a founding
member of the Media Sciences Institute at Columbia, such a
number is probable, though the resulting impacts of the rally
will most likely prove minimal.

The article continues with extended quotations from “Jan Wilcox.”

There is no Jan Wilcox at Columbia. Nor is there a “Media Sciences Institute” at Columbia. This “interview” has every appearance of being completely fabricated.
I am not the first person to note this, either. A commenter at Reddit noted the fictitious Wilcox and the fictitious Institute over a month ago.

Unfortunately, following my communication with “Ulsterman” where I revealed that I knew he had made up “Jan Wendt,” this article was scrubbed from “Ulsterman”’s archives. Fortunately, I saved a copy of it.

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