The Providence Journal this week transitioned to a new website, and one major error has already been spotted. An article posted January 20, 2015, and entitled "Mother Cooks Son, Puts TV Dinner to Bed" is clearly a fake news article. While articles like this are common for satirical publications, such a The Onion, we are talking about the four-time Pulitzer Prize winning Providence Journal with a circulation of 100,000.
This article is currently (at time of press) still live on their website. (UPDATE: At 3:12 PM, the Providence Journal finally removed the article.)
The article tells a fake account of a Cranston stripper who mistakenly placed her 5-month old son in the microwave, and tucked her Swanson TV dinner into bed. The article even includes an attempted humorous quote:
"It should have been a tipoff when Daydream had a metallic taste when I kissed him goodnight," said the 26-year-old exotic dancer.
Even worse, the article's byline is attributed to a fictional writer, AL Zymers -- a clear parody of Alzheimer's Disease, the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.
While it can be assumed that this article was a sample article used for testing the new site layout, it is clearly a major oversight and in exceptionally poor taste for this article to be live on its site at present time.
Mother cooks son, puts TV dinner to bed
It was a bad day in the Mecurio household.
CRANSTON - We all get confused.But for Maria Mercurio, of 450 Pontiac Ave., a little disorientation turned tragic Tuesday when she returned home and confused her bright-eyed 5-month-old son, Daydream, with a Swanson's turkey and gravy TV dinner."It should have been a tipoff when Daydream had a metallic taste when I kissed him goodnight," said 26-year-old exotic dancer.
Attempts to reach the Providence Journal for comment were not immediately returned.