You gotta love the tabloid wars. The New York Daily News, rival NYC tabloid to the New York Post, taunted the wounded Post this morning, with a headline that prodded: “KERRY’S REAL CHOICE.” In the article, the Daily News wrote:
Leave it to the New York Post to further tarnish its shoddy reputation with yesterday’s front-page “exclusive” declaring John Kerry had picked Dick Gephardt as his running mate.
“KERRY’S CHOICE,” blared the headline.
The paper was hitting the stands amid the first media reports that Kerry’s real choice was John Edwards.
The Post’s humiliating gaffe was greeted with derision and knee-slapping laughter here and abroad, while it created a fast market for copies of the paper on the auction Web site eBay.com.
Meanwhile, back at the New York Post, the paper poked fun at itself today and reprised its “KERRY’S CHOICE” headline, adding the subhead: Dem Picks Edwards as VP Candidate (REALLY).
Will Ferrell even got into the action, in character as Rob Burgundy to promote his new film. Holding up a copy of the false headline, he said on NBC’s Today show, “This is…an excellent journalism periodical.”