Embarrassingly, and amusingly, several news organizations including Slate and Nieman itself, fell foul of the prank, assuming that it reflected an error at the Independent.
The FTC lawsuits and URL spoof error seemed perfectly timed to remind us of the urgency of the authenticity issue, and the significance of the challenge.
Maybe should have called the gathering Hardly Strictly Easy—as in to solve.
Correction of the Week
“A report on the latest attack on Andres Serrano’s controversial work Piss Christ inadvertently referred to the late US Republican Senator Jesse Helms as Jesse James (Hit with a hammer and slashed with an ice pick. Anti-blasphemy attack on Piss Christ, 19 April, page 3).” - The Guardian