As I blogged on Wednesday there was rightful internet outrage being directed at a big meanie head planning to hand out body issues to "moderately obese" children in Fargo, North Dakota via a letter to their parents urging them to "ration" their children's candy consumption. It was being reported on Thursday that it was a hoax. Call me cynical but I don't buy that.
Thr original story was picked up by cnn, CBS, Huffington Post, etc., all news organizations who check their sources. The story started when a woman named Cheryl called the morning show on Fargo radio station Y-94 to talk about her plan to be as big a bitch as possible to little kids. She also allegedly provided the station a copy of her poison pen note. It went viral in about two seconds flat. As of Friday the only organization reporting that it was a hoax was ABC News affiliate channel 5 from Cleveland, Ohio. Their story says that the radio station plays pranks like this every so often and apparently some listeners just assumed this was another and went on about their business while everyone outside North Dakota flipped out. Calls to the radio station were not returned which is what makes me suspicious. You pull a prank like this and it gets worldwide attention from the likes of Reuters...don't you want to claim it? Or at least reassure people that while there may be a meanie head named Cheryl who lives in Fargo even she wouldn't go this far? Because it kind of makes them look like dicks to hide from all the attention they've generated, doesn't it?
At any rate, no small children have been reported to actually have gotten the letter and I'm certain we'd have heard about it. Hoax or change of heart? What do you think?