Whoops! New York Times Lifts Quotes From Satire Site Without Attribution

November 24, 2014 9:40 a.m.

The New York Times issued an amusing correction Saturday on a column about reality TV star Kim Kardashian’s rear end.

Humorist Joyce Wadler apparently lifted fake quotes that the satirical website The Daily Currant attributed to Kardashian’s husband, rapper Kanye West, for a column titled “Fear of Kim Kardashian’s Derrière.”

Wadler lamented in her column that “this big-butt thing” — a trend that hit its apex with the reality star’s instantly infamous Paper Magazine winter cover — may take off among “impressionable women.”

Here’s the correction:

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An earlier version of this column was published in error. That version included what purported to be an interview that Kanye West gave to a Chicago radio station in which he compared his own derrière to that of his wife, Kim Kardashian. Mr. West’s quotes were taken, without attribution, from the satirical website The Daily Currant. There is no radio station WGYN in Chicago; the interview was fictitious, and should not have been included in the column.

And here are the lifted, fake quotes that originally appeared in Wadler’s column, via Poynter:

“I don’t understand why everyone is focusing on Kim’s booty,” Kanye said in an interview on Chicago rap station WGYN, adding that he certainly loves it. “That’s why I married her,” he said. But, Kanye added, nobody has a rear end like his own.

“My booty is like Michelangelo level, you feel me?” Kanye said. “It’s like a sculpture. It’s like something that should be sitting in a museum for thousands of thousands of years.”

His wife’s behind? It was nice, Kanye said, “But it’s not at that level.”

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