In what can be described as the perfect case of irony, The New York Times ran a fake news ad in a story decrying fake news and the death of facts.
The piece is an editorial titled “Truth and Lies in the Age of Trump” published Saturday. The Times’s editorial board discussed the decay of facts in a Walter Cronkite-less era dominated by truth-spinners like President-elect Donald Trump.
Smack dab in the middle of this piece lamenting the end of reliable news was a fake news story claiming Alec Baldwin was dead at 58. Gizmodo Media Group executive editor John Cook took a screenshot of the ad and posted it to Twitter Dec. 10.
ad for fake news in nyt editorial on the death of facts pic.twitter.com/SzPw3s83UV
— John Cook (@johnjcook) December 10, 2016
New York Times editorial board member Jesse Wegman and senior staff editor Michael Roston both replied to Cook’s tweet that Saturday and Sunday.