The Phoenix New Times published a report that Suns guard Steve Nash was going to retire and enter Canadian politics. So, obviously the story was fake and the strange part is that the New Times has done it before.
We get more from Alana G:
The Phoenix New Times is currently running a story claiming that Stevie Nash is leaving the Suns as of November 15th to pursue a political career in Canada
Yup, the Phoenix New Times has done it again. I’m not sure what “it” was supposed to be though — was this supposed to be an Onion-like joke or prank? Maybe at the end of the story they identify it as such — I wouldn’t know because New Times stories are so doggone long I can never get to the end of them (but the story’s author Barry Friedman is apparently known for hoaxes).
Hey, I’m all for jokes, but if your “newspaper” has a history of egregiously poor research, reporting, and fact-checking, perhaps you should shy away from them. In 2009 the paper ran a story by Niki D’Andrea about a ridiculous NBA tattoo cap, saying that NBA teams would be limited to 61% arm and neck tattoo coverage per team. The article was based on “research” that happened to be an obviously satirical blog post by a comic writer. By the way, this completely false story ran on the cover of the paper… during All Star Weekend… when the All Star Game was in Phoenix. Smarten up, New Times.
So, I guess this psuedo-story is a non-story? Geez, this is why I leave the comedy to the Onion.