Times to Mayor of Paris: Whoops!

Fake letter blasting Kennedy draws quick apology, explanation
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2008 2:44 PM CST
French Socialist party member and Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe announces he is not a candidate to become Secretary General of the French Socialist Party, Nov. 16, 2008, in Reims.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The New York Times has apologized to the mayor of Paris for publishing a letter purportedly from him that was actually a hoax. The paper didn't confirm the origins of the letter, which described Caroline Kennedy's bid for Hillary Clinton's Senate seat as "both surprising and appalling," and it "should never have been printed," an editors' note posted this afternoon on the Times website said.

"We have asked the New York Times for a denial and an apology," a rep for Mayor Bertrand Delanoe told the AP. The editors' note said the paper has "already expressed our regrets to Mr. Delanoe's office and we are now doing the same to you, our readers." The letter's style raised suspicions with a staffer at the French-language publication France-Amerique, which broke the story on its website.