Kitten gag

Had this actually happened, we’d have a case of someone taking the law into his own hands, so to speak. See the third paragraph:

Clipping from North County Times, San Diego, 2008

This is not precisely the way the Associated Press sent out this February 2008 wire story. Subsequently, one staffer at San Diego’s North County Times was sacked, another suspended, and the editor performed a public act of contrition:

After conducting an internal investigation, I believe that our editors were not being malicious, furthering some political agenda, or expressing ill will toward Cardenas or anyone else. Instead, I have concluded that our mistake flowed from a deeply misguided joke that made its way into print.

By sheerest coincidence, massive layoffs at the Times began in 2008, culminating with the paper’s absorption by U-T San Diego in 2012.

(Via Miss Cellania.)


  1. McGehee »

    5 August 2015 · 10:32 am

    Completely inappropriate. There are much more efficient ways to kill a kitten, and it should never be done during a press conference anyway. Has Karl Rove taught us nothing?

  2. Bill Peschel »

    5 August 2015 · 1:28 pm

    There was nothing misguided about that joke. Only that it wasn’t submitted to The Onion.

  3. ETat »

    5 August 2015 · 6:57 pm

    “Three humans suffered severely during kitten experiment!”

    Firing someone for a [funny, yes] joke? Who’s a crazy cat lady here?

  4. CGHill »

    5 August 2015 · 8:03 pm

    I’d guess that management knew that downsizing was coming, and wanted to remind the staff that they were expendable.

  5. Lynn »

    6 August 2015 · 11:36 am

    While I understand and mostly agree with the wisdom of spaying an neutering, it seems unfair, and unwise, to exempt only purebred animals. Pure breeds are notoriously inbred and many have health problems. Mutts don’t have the status but they are much healthier and make better pets.

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