Remember the controversy over that fabricated Slate article on monkeyfishing? No? Probably because it grabbed attention for a few short weeks in June 2001 before fading into the haze of media scandals past.
Well, Slate ran an article penned by James Forman about his excursion to an island in the Florida Keys where he casted for monkeys like fish, using fruit for bait. When bloggers and media outlets everywhere slammed the tale, Slate initially stood by Forman’s piece before setting the record straight and issuing an apology to readers for publishing the falsehoods.
Slate‘s initial response — which, in fact, referenced a detailed report in the Times that said the practice of monkeyfishing did exist — admitted Forman “had fabricated the lurid parts about monkeys being caught with baited lines” but maintained that he had “visited the island and taunted the monkeys from offshore.” Slate then vowed to “get to the bottom of it, possibly with help from [their] readers.”
We are pleased to report that, nearly six years later, they have: