NY Times Punk’d by Fake Paris Mayor

Dec 22, 2008 5:26pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein Reports: It’s not just Sarah Palin who can be duped by a fake French official. This extraordinary editor’s note posted to The New York Times’ Website Monday afternoon: “Early this morning, we posted a letter that carried the name of Bertrand Delanoë, the mayor of Paris, sharply criticizing Caroline Kennedy. “This letter was a fake. It should not have been published.” The original letter, under the headline: “Kennedy, Seen From Paris.” “As mayor of Paris, I find Caroline Kennedy’s bid for the seat of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton both surprising and not very democratic, to say the least. What title has Ms. Kennedy to pretend to Hillary Clinton’s seat? We French can only see a dynastic move of the vanishing Kennedy clan in the very country of the Bill of Rights. It is both surprising and appalling. “With all the respect and admiration I have for Ms. Kennedy’s late father, I find her bid in very poor taste, and, after reading ‘Kennedy, Touring Upstate, Gets Less and Less Low-Key’ (news article, Dec. 18), in my opinion she has no qualification whatsoever to bid for Senator Clinton’s seat. “We French have been consistently admiring of the American Constitution, but it seems that recently both Republicans and Democrats are drifting away from a truly democratic model. The Kennedy era is long gone, and I guess that New York has plenty of more qualified candidates to fill the shoes of Hillary Clinton. Can we speak of American decline?” “Bertrand Delanoë
Paris, Dec. 18, 2008″

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