Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/01/24/yahoo_baby_reporter_fired/

Tabloid fires 'Yahoo baby' reporter

Made the whole thing up

By Lester Haines

Posted in Bootnotes, 24th January 2005 14:41 GMT

Romanian tabloid Libertatea has fired the reporter who fabricated a story claiming that a couple had named their baby Yahoo, Reuters reports.

Ion Garnod walked the plank after admitting he made the whole thing up "to look good". A birth certificate accompanying the story turned out to be that of Garnod's own son. The paper's deputy ed, Simona Ionescu, said: "If it were real, it would have been a good story indeed."

Yes it would, and El Reg duly ran the heartwarmer after Reuters picked up on the human-interest piece. We consider ourselves entirely blameless in the matter. After all, if you can't trust a Romanian tabloid, then who can you trust? ®

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