Fact or Fiction

It’s bad enough having to pummel your well-intentioned friends when they e-mail you with urban legends disguised as dire warnings without having to weed the same crap out of the media as well.

US News & World Report editor Mort Zuckerman recently provided anecdotes to make the point that these days anyone… can haul anybody into court for just about anything. Unfortunately Zuckerman is either a lazy journalist, completely clueless or amazingly gullible, as his facts turned out to be fiction.

The Urban Legend Reference Pages traces the bogus lawsuit anecdotes back to spam from 2001, which listed six separate supposedly outrageous legal awards.
US News is refusing to issue a correction, even after copping a reaming from the Washington Post.

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