When our blawger friend, Eric Turkewitz of the New York Personal Injury Attorney Blog announced his appointment last week as "official White House law blogger,“ my instant immediate reaction was 'wow, that's cool - I know that guy!'
Then, I noticed the date - April 1, 2010 - and like most readers, was fooled no more.
The New York Times Cityroom Blog, however, did not exercise these basic deductive processes, and apparently, kinda-sorta took the bait.
[Note: an earlier version of this column had an item about a blog post by a personal-injury lawyer, Eric Turkewitz, announcing that he had been appointed the White House law blogger. Blogospheric chatter indicates a high likelihood that this post was an April Fool hoax. Mr. Turkewitz declined to give us a straight answer on this score, so, pending callback from the White House, we've taken the item down.]
Nicely done, Eric.
(I may be seeing you soon.
I'm considering a run for Mayor of New York as a Tea Party candidate).
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
Update: April 6, 2010
Some people just can't take a joke: Lawyer Says April Fool’s Joke Was Not an Ethics Violation