By Andy Schotz | October 29th, 2008
I thought college was when we stopped playing April’s Fools jokes with our journalism. This is a story I heard this past weekend on NPR’s “On the Media,” a show I like and respect (http://www.onthemedia.org/transcripts/2008/10/24/06). The topic was al-Qaeda supporting John McCain for president. The story was true, but OTM presented it through a fake interview with a fake person from a fake organization — without telling listeners until the end (assuming we heard the disclaimer). In the transcript, notice how the joke was hinted at with “quote marks” around the interview subject’s name. If only we could have seen those “quotes” through the airwaves.