New York magazine ran with a too-good-to-be-true tale Sunday featuring a teen who managed to score millions on the stock market before getting his high school diploma.
As has been widely reported, the story unraveled when The New York Observer published an interview with the teen, Mohammed Islam, in which he admitted the whole story had been a sham.
New York first appended an editor’s note saying that although Islam denied making millions, the magazine had seen bank statements verifying his worth. Later, the magazine issued a full apology for the article, admitting the staff had been “duped.”
But as of Thursday, the incorrect headline remains unchanged. Why?
“With the Editor’s note explaining that the story was false, we wanted to leave the story and headline intact for the record,” wrote Lauren Starke, director of public relations for New York.
The magazine has amended the original headline to show that the $72 million was a rumored figure, but it didn’t edit it to show that the premise of the story is inaccurate. Read more