Who did you prank on April Fool’s Day yesterday? Forbes pranked Presidential-hopeful Mitt Romney on Sunday morning, running an article on the news company’s website stating that Romney had dropped out of the race, and further, that he is now endorsing Rick Santorum. Just goes to show that on the day of fools, you can’t trust anybody–let alone the media! Ehab Zahriyeh of the New York Daily News reported,
“April fool’s pranks are sometimes easy to detect as we expect a blitz of them from all angles, but that task proved to be difficult for Google News and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.
Google’s sophisticated aggregation failed to notice a Forbes article, “Romney Drops Out of Race, Endorses Santorum,” was a spoof, and had it lead their top breaking- news headlines. Forbes magazine eventually took the prank off its site, moving the article off of Google News’ top spot, Mashable reported.
The blog-site Gawker was able to capture a screen-grab of Google’s mishap before the article disappeared.
While Mitt Romney has been campaigning for the Presidency for some six years, he might have thought his efforts have been for naught when his campaign staff pranked him on Sunday.”
To read the rest of the NY Daily News article about how Romney got april fooled, click here.
Nicely done, Forbes. Nicely done. Even though the article only ran for about a half hour, someone over at that office had some major cojones to run that story. In the spirit of April fools, I tip my cap to them although will probably be getting my news from other sources besides Forbes from now on every April 1st.