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February 7, 2005

Prostitution Hoax Update

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 10:22 am

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.

6 Responses to “Prostitution Hoax Update”

  1. SayUncle Says:

    Unrelated but I’m still getting kermit porn in all your images.

  2. Xrlq Says:

    Are you viewing the site at xrlq.com or some other way (e.g., through an aggregator, anonymizer, etc.)? I’ve fixed the problem for server325.com, so you might want to try flushing the cache. Meanwhile, I’m adding a new image your cache shouldn’t recognize.

  3. SayUncle Says:

    I go to http://www.xrlq.com

    Yesterday, it went back and forth from muppet porn to regular. Today, it’s all muppet porn.

  4. Xrlq Says:

    Bizarre. I’m still unable to replicate the result.

  5. Wendy Says:

    That story about Germany and the ei benifits ARE true. I just cam e back from the International Sex worker Conference in Canada and they confirmed the story to me. Just goes to show ya, legalization ain’t the way to go, that’s why us sex workers call for DECRIMINALiZATION!

  6. Xrlq Says:

    All other things being equal I’m more inclined to believe the German media and my own sources over there than some random person I’ve never heard of who spoke at a conference in Canada. Still, I’m curious: who confirmed what, exactly? Did an individual non-prostitute allege she’d been told to take a job as a prostitute or lose her unemployment benefits, or did someone else just repeat hearsay?

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