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Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Stella Awards - Mea Culpa
Thanks to a personal comment from Orac, this is a humbling example of having a blog for a mere 2 weeks.

I have deleted a recent post regarding outrageous medical lawsuits known as the "Stella Awards" because it was (1) a hoax, and (2) it was one of those internet e-mails that sounded too good to be true.

In all matters of fairness and disclosure, I will link to:Snopes for full disclosure.

Just as I was quick to forward this to my e-mail list of friends in the past, this is a perfect example of the impact and relative importance of weblogs and the responsibility that accompanies them in posting stories that have been vetted. I stand corrected and I apologize.

Learning as I go.....
posted by Broadsheet @ 9:05 PM  
4 Editorial Opinions:
  • At January 26, 2005, Blogger BaLtiMoRe_RoLL said…

    Oh, that is too funny. I turned to my "law expert", A Fool's Fate, to ask her if these stories could possibly be true, and if so, I was appalled at the state of law in this country. :)

    I didn't go so far as to look it up on Snopes though (rather unlike me, but I'll confess that I didn't do it this time!), and I'm relieved to hear that this was a hoax.

    So hey, it wasn't just you who believed these stories. I have to say, there are times when you feel like the whole country is crazy and stories like this might be true... I mean, look at our leadership. :) (When you've been had, turn the attention somewhere else!)

  • At January 26, 2005, Blogger Orac said…

    It's not a big deal. Heck, if it were me I wouldn't necessarily have even deleted the post. I would have left it up as an example of just how easy it is to be taken in by urban legends.

  • At January 26, 2005, Blogger Broadsheet said…

    Orac: Thanks doc. I thought about just posting a comment or update, but if people don't read the comments, then this kind of stuff keeps getting perpetuated. Besides, I probably spent too much time during the snowstorm listening and reading to last weekend's Harvard conference on Blogging, ethics, and credibility..... Like you blog BTW. I can help you with your sidebar font leaking into the boddy of the post if you need it.

  • At January 26, 2005, Blogger Broadsheet said…

    Geez Louise - can I just apologize for the spelling in that last one? And thanks a lot Blogger - for not letting the site administrator edit comments. Hmmmph

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