Friday, January 23, 2009

Of Incarcerated Goats, Stolen Mazdas, and Journalism

It's not clear how, but surely the blame for this, um, fanciful instance of the journalistic trade lies with the internet generally and bloggers specifically:

One of Nigeria's biggest daily newspapers reported that police implicated a goat in an attempted automobile theft. In a front-page article on Friday, the Vanguard newspaper said that two men tried to steal a Mazda car two days earlier in Kwara State, with one suspect transforming himself into a goat as vigilantes cornered him.
Riiiiiiiight. Two men tried to steal a Mazda!? Besides that, any thief with the ability to transform himself into a goat would go for something roomier.

From an abundance of caution and a superabundance of credulity, Nigerian police are said to be detaining the goat.

Free the goat. Issue a half-assed retraction. Blame bloggers.

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