This year’s April Fools Day came with a slew of political pranks, but not all of them were taken lightly. When Forbes contributor Len Burman yesterday published a blog post joking that Mitt Romney had dropped out of the presidential race, the news spread as if it were authentic on Twitter and Google News. A half-hour later, the Forbes editors took the post down — without explanation.
Better appreciated was Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s prank on reporters. In an e-mail, the mayor said that he was going to aggressively use the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to learn more about himself, ABC Local reports. Emanuel said he hoped his office would turn over “...e-mails, phone records, pictures, text messages, holiday cards, lunch receipts, discarded chewing gum...” It appears no reporter, sadly, fell for the mayor’s prank.
More of your morning links below:
— Aung San Suu Kyi claims victory in historic Burma election. The democracy champion defeated her opponent from the ruling party, marking the government’s most dramatic effort at reform in recent years. Burma’s military and its supporters, however, will still control a large part of parliament. (Washington Post)
— Jubilant celebrations took place outside the headquarters of Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party after the election results were announced. (Guardian)
Siberia plane crash
— Russian plane crash in Siberia kills 31 of the 43 people onboard. The plane crashed shortly after take off. The cause of the crash is not yet known. (Washington Post)
— Martin’s parents seeking a federal review of Florida prosecutor. The family wants the Justice Department to look into possible interference by State’s Attorney Norm Wolfinger’s office with police. Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, was shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in late February. (CNN)
— Sanford in the eye of a racial firestorm. Five weeks after the death of Martin, Sanford, Fla., “finds its name being mentioned with Selma and Birmingham on a civil rights list held sacred in black American culture,” the New York Times reports. Protesters once again filled the streets of Sanford this weekend to protest Martin’s death. (New York Times)