Snopes has revised its entry on the German prostitution/unemployment hoax and rightly updated its debunking status from “undetermined” to “false.” Meanwhile, no corrections from Lileks,
Johnson, or the Captain or the Professor. Feh.
I was about to say “score one for the MSM,” as thus far only one MSM source, the Daily Telegraph, had been dumb enough to run this bogus story. However, I received an email this morning from a reader who advised me that “Fox” (a local Fox affiliate?) had run the bogus story also.
UPDATE: My correspondent emailed back to inform me that the offender was David As[s]man of FoxNews, and that the segment was The Asman Observer. You can watch the video at the foxnews.com web site by clicking “Opinion” on the right-hand sidebar and then scrolling down to “Asman Observer.”
UPDATE x2: The transcript is now online, and appears to be even worse than the Daily Independent’s hatchet job, naming neither the woman allegedly denied benefits nor even the attention-grabbing attorney (Mechthild Garweg) who sparked the phony controversy. No one is looking very good coming out of this.
UPDATE x3: Chris Johnson appears to have removed his entry. Probably not a bad idea, given how the comment thread was going.
UPDATE x4: Professor Bainbridge has updated his entry with a link to my debunking.
UPDATE x5: Don’t look now, but I’m a Playful Primate. On second thought, do look now, ‘cuz if past performance is any indication of future earnings, it won’t last.