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March 14, 2010

I Love This Joke

FAIR has an great advisory about the incredibly gross conduct of the New York Times in their recent "reporting" on ACORN and James O'Keefe, and the even grosser conduct of their Public Editor Clark Hoyt when challenged. You can contact Hoyt at and (212) 556-7652 and see if it's possible to get them to print the truth.

The best part, of course, is Hoyt's reaction when asked about this sentence in a recent NY Times story:

Mr. O’Keefe made his biggest national splash last year when he dressed up as a pimp and trained his secret camera on counselors with the liberal community group Acorn...

Why, Hoyt wants to know, should they correct it just because O'Keefe was never dressed as a pimp while filming inside ACORN offices? As Hoyt explained to Brad Friedman, the article "says O'Keefe dressed up as a pimp and trained his hidden camera on ACORN counselors. It does not say he did those two things at the same time."

I know this is old news and many people have taken a crack at it already, but I haven't had time until now:

Clark Hoyt took off all of his clothes and walked into the offices of the New York Times

Clark Hoyt wet his diapers and contentedly settled down to write his column for the New York Times

Clark Hoyt gathered courage to say "I am in love with you" and rang the doorbell of Bill Keller's house

On the one hand, human beings are fundamentally broken, but on the other hand I LOVE THIS JOKE.

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at March 14, 2010 01:04 PM

Clark Hoyt sold his soul to the devil and kept his job.

Posted by: David Swanson at March 14, 2010 01:57 PM


James O'Keefe dressed up as a pimp and Clark Hoyt felt a sudden surge of excitement.

Posted by: N E at March 14, 2010 02:25 PM

OT, but I loved this from your twitterfeed:

"The reason Osama bin Laden is evil is because he didn't get a lawyer to advise him it was okay to massacre civilians"

Posted by: Cloud at March 14, 2010 03:44 PM

this is why i always have my lawyer read the NYT to me, to minimize unfortunate misunderstandings.

Posted by: hapa at March 14, 2010 03:46 PM

regarding "The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage" of course, again, that's not necessarily at the same time, or relating to the newspaper or associated media.

Posted by: hapa at March 14, 2010 03:50 PM

That is some super-primo jokery, Jon.

Posted by: Mike of Angle at March 14, 2010 07:54 PM

Some jokes just never got old. Thanls for the laugh, Jonathan.

Posted by: cemmcs at March 14, 2010 09:29 PM

Clark Hoyt made a big splash this month when he dropped a deuce and defended his paper's record against charges that it was full of shit.

They write themselves, what a wonderful bauble.

Posted by: buermann at March 14, 2010 11:53 PM

Clark Hoyt opened his mouth and the goat leaned back and sighed contentedly.

Posted by: laym at March 15, 2010 02:06 PM