March 22, 2004

You Can't Handle the Truth

One would think that the Weddings/Celebrations pages of the New York Times could remain scandal-free, immune from any fabricators in the style of Jayson Blair or the Ananias of USA Today, Jack Kelley. But this editor's note in yesterday's Style section caught my eye:

A report on Feb. 15 about the wedding of [Bride] and [Groom] included an erroneous account of the bride's education, which she supplied.
Ms. [Bride], a child therapist, did not graduate from the University of Pennsylvania or receive a master's degree in occupational therapy or a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Southern California. Though she attended Penn for a time, her bachelor's degree, in occupational therapy, is from U.S.C.
The Times should have corroborated the credentials before publishing the report.

(I took out the couple's real names to protect the not-that-innocent.)

While the couple probably figured this would slip by the Times' fact checkers, did they really think no one would notice this fabrication? It's pretty bold to assign yourself a degree two levels above what you actually have and then, in effect, have your resume printed in one of the more popular sections of the Sunday paper.

I've written before about my suspicions about what qualifies a couple to have their wedding announced in the New York Times. Perhaps Ms. Bride thought she'd have a better chance of getting in if she were Dr. Bride. I wonder how many other people write complete whoppers in order to secure a spot in the venerated pages of the New York Times.

My head is spinning with questions about this, but one really gets me. Who ratted her out?

Posted by The Groom at March 22, 2004 10:15 AM

Probably her jealous maid of honor. She really wants Mr. Groom, or better yet, Dr. Bride for herself. I see a Lifetime miniseries on the horizon.

Posted by: jt at March 22, 2004 10:38 AM

Referring to today and your entry from September.... Would the NYT believe a New York female rabbi?? Above reproach!! Dr. Bride figured if major politicians got away with their false GPA's, military service records, etc. what would a few extra degrees from the wrong school hurt? Oh, those White House role models, what have they done to our young people.....


Posted by: Pam at March 22, 2004 02:25 PM

Dude -- the sort of person who would lie in their wedding announcement had to have made some enemies in college. I'm thinking one of them spotted the fraudulent announcement and was on the phone in a flash.

Posted by: Francis at March 23, 2004 01:52 AM

Last weekend, the Sunday Styles section carried what the paper calls its first-ever correction in the wedding pages.

Thought you would appreciate this link. Her own family sold her out!

Posted by: Elisa at March 26, 2004 10:26 AM