All The News That's Fit To … Oh No, Not Again!

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  1. Scott Jacobs says:

    Since it's them getting pranked, wouldn't it be possible to cut and paste the entire article for all to read and use the defense of "self-parody"?

  2. Turk says:

    Since it’s them getting pranked, wouldn’t it be possible to cut and paste the entire article for all to read and use the defense of “self-parody”?

    An IP fight with the NYT? Blech.

  3. Scott Jacobs says:

    Would the fact that they apparently have no intelligence be a defense?

  4. jb says:

    Lemon Gloria links to Randazza, who links to Eric Turkewitz, who links to Simple Justice, who links to Patterico, who links to Ted Frank, who links right back here, and none of them have any details or even a link to the paywalled article.

    Prank publicizing fail.

  5. VR says:

    Or is the prank on us, that we just followed a bunch of links in a circle? I just went to NYtimes.com, and there was no obvious joke article.

  6. Scott Jacobs says:

    "Lemon Gloria links to Randazza, who links to Eric Turkewitz, who links to Simple Justice, who links to Patterico, who links to Ted Frank, who links right back here, and none of them have any details or even a link to the paywalled article."

    *blinks*

    Mother fucker…

    No, not prank fail… READER fail.

    Fuck all y'all.

  7. Andrew says:

    Brilliant. I haven't been pranked that well in ages.

  8. jb says:

    Seriously? Well done, y'all.

  9. Paws says:

    I ended up going all the way around the ring before I finally caught on. ::hangs head in shame:: Kudos to all involved!

  10. David says:

    You magnificent bastards.

  11. DevilDan says:

    I caught on about three sites in. Excellent. It might even be said to be a conviction of our click-happy browsing habits.

  12. devildan says:

    It could have been more convincing if the other bloggers had put as much effort into the writing as Popehat did.

  13. Al says:

    A brilliant joke and an actual use for a webring? Nice.

  14. Jeff says:

    I know a bunch of the comments have already said "well done", but I would go even further than that and say this is one of the most original April fool's day pranks I have seen in a while, and this is certainly the most ingenious blog joke I have seen. If there was such a thing as a history of blogging, this prank should go down in the history books. As it should, because never again will this form of prank be as funny as it was today. Well done, everyone. Well done indeed. My only question is, whose idea was this? Will we ever find out?

  15. Don says:

    I salute you.

  16. Turk says:

    It could have been more convincing if the other bloggers had put as much effort into the writing as Popehat did.

    Those other bloggers wouldn't know a joke if it hit them in the face.

  17. The Californian says:

    This is very elegant: sniping at the NYT for believing what it wants to believe–as a prank on readers who want to believe the NYT got pranked.

  18. Dan Weber says:

    The Californian: It also pokes fun at the way bloggers all reference each other as proof, even when there is no actual story.

  19. James says:

    Well done, sir.

  20. jdub says:

    OK. That was pretty good.

  21. E.Z. says:

    Well played.

  22. SPQR says:

    The Art of Trolling win.

  23. SG says:

    I began to suspect something at about the fifth or sixth redirect… That is to say just before the end. I guess I'm gullible too.

    Still. You, Sir, have just ruined my dreams of seeing a screencap of the Times with a "IT'S OVER 9,000" headline. Expect a suit for emotional damage.

  24. Daniel says:

    Of course, the real April Fools' joke is that someone somewhere will link to these blog posts, assume that they're real, and try to cite them as actual evidence that the mainstream media is factually challenged and can't be trusted. Because, you know it will come up in Google searches forever, and reading things in context is for effete intellectual snobs, not "real Americans".

  25. Gino says:

    I was at the fourth link when I got it. Good one!

  26. Chris Berez says:

    Oh you assholes!

    God I fell for that hard.

    Well done.

  27. Mad Rocket Scientist says:

    Very Well Played! :-)

  28. Base of the Pillar says:

    After the 3rd go round, I started to suspect something was amiss. By the 19th, I positively knew it. So, no, you didn't get me.

    Magnificent bastards.

  29. Justin says:

    Excellent job; a prank concerning a prank. And you knew your readers would jump on a "NYT Punked" story like white on rice. If you're going to be a skilled fisherman, you got to have good bait I suppose.

  30. Mike 2 says:

    Very well played

  31. jared says:

    If you look closely at one of the blogs in the loop, you'll find a link to the actual story behind the Times' paywall. You just have to want it bad enough.

  32. Turk says:

    If you look closely at one of the blogs in the loop, you’ll find a link to the actual story behind the Times’ paywall.

    yeah, I saw that.

  33. bw says:

    There was one flaw. Of the several blogs I visit each day, at least one a day links to a NYT article. Thus my first thought was "WHAT paywall? I just reached a NYT article an hour ago."

  34. By tradition, aren't April Fools jokes supposed to be revealed sometime on April 1st? If I'd seen this yesterday I'd have greeted it with healthy skepticism. By today, it's less funny.

  35. Patrick says:

    Read the date on the post, Mycroft.

  36. David says:

    @Patrick I think M De L is referring not to mounting the joke, but to owning up before pumpkin hour brings on the 2nd.

  37. Turk says:

    I think M De L is referring not to mounting the joke, but to owning up before pumpkin hour brings on the 2nd.

    1. Why would someone work on a prank just to give it up before it ran its course?

    2. If someone did the reveal on April Fool's Day, why would anyone believe it?

    Which gives me an idea….

  38. Aufero says:

    I finally figured it out five links in. Best prank this year.

  39. Contracts says:

    Nicely done. Very nicely done.

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