'We don't like looking stupid,' says news director who fell for man's BP tall tale

Two Twin Cities TV news shops reported that a Minnesota man had designed a cap for BP to stop oil from spilling into the gulf and that "he could stand to make millions of dollars." The St. Paul Pioneer Press did some real reporting -- it took the time to call BP -- and found the story was bogus, and that the "inventor" has a history of telling tall tales.

  • Jim Romenesko

    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his MediaGossip.com, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.


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