Star-Telegram Cites Fake News Story in Real Editorial About Graduation Speeches

The Star-Telegram has an editorial today about why it makes sense for school officials to approve graduation speeches in advance, and reserve the right to cut off students if they veer off the program (as happened to the valedictorian in Joshua last week). Reid Epstein of Politico noticed that one of the examples that it cites is from a fake news story posted on The Onion-like site for sports, The Heckler.

Here’s the Star-T editorial:

Then there’s the Ozzie Guillén school of waking the audience: “Man oh man, did you little [expletive deleted] pick the wrong time to graduate,” Guillén was quoted as telling a graduating class in 2011, when he still managed the Chicago White Sox. “For those of you lucky enough to get jobs, maybe half of you work at [expletive deleted] Popeye’s Chicken, and the other half get your [expletive deleted] blown off in Afghanistan.”

Those school officials banned him as a result. Can you blame them?

Eric Nicholson over at Unfair Park points out that the Star-T article online actually links right to the Heckler story. So this is clearly a case of no one bothering to evaluate what type of website it is that they were citing, since merely clicking over to the Heckler’s homepage right now reveals that it’s the home of such fare as a piece about the mayors of Boston and Chicago offering up Jim Belushi for Matt Damon in their Stanley Cup Finals bet.

OR…..are we all being elaborately Punk’d by the Startlegram?

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