Friday, August 04, 2006

"Norwegian Reporter Faked Bill Gates Interview"

From FNC:
Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) said Wednesday a Norwegian journalist fabricated an interview with Bill Gates.

The interview, printed in the Norwegian magazine Mann and top-selling Swedish tabloid daily Aftonbladet, was "totally fake," said Eirik Lae Solberg, spokesman for Microsoft Norway.

In the four-page interview entitled "Big Bill," author Bjoern Benkow claimed he spoke to Gates during a two-hour commercial flight in Europe.
Mr. Benkow must have been a student at the Jayson Blair school of journalism. In conclusion:
But Olof Brundin, a spokesman for Aftonbladet, said the newspaper was convinced the interview had taken place.

"This is a very respected reporter ... with a very good record," Brundin said. "There is no reason whatsoever for us to doubt him."
"Fake but accurate", Mr. Rather Brundin? Did your boy use "unimpeachable" sources, too?

I feel a little bit better knowing that when it comes to shoddy journalism, we Americans don't have that market cornered.