Pranksters insert 'apology' letter into copies of New York Post

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The art and culture site Animal inserted a letter purporting to be from New York Post Editor Col Allan into some copies of the paper Friday. A video outlines the prank:

"This week, the New York Post has acted recklessly and with flagrant disregard for the principles of good journalism," "Allan" writes. "I'd like to take this opportunity to sincerely apologize to our readers, to the people of Boston, and to the three men who were mistakenly investigated as subjects."

The paper was criticized last week for running a front-page photo of two men and (incorrectly) suggesting they were suspects in the bombings.

Post owner Rupert Murdoch defended the newspaper's coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and their aftermath on Twitter this weekend:


Previously: NYT was one of New York Post’s sources for its Boston reporting, but… | A critical appreciation of New York Post, Daily News statements on journalistic offenses

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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