All the News That's Fit to Make Up

PT       2000-09-13 
The New York Times had egg on its face August 29 when the Old Gray Lady was forced to retract an alarmist front-page story of August 19 that flatly stated the North Pole is melting. Not true, as the paper was later forced to concede. But readers on August 19 were treated to a scare story that led with this sentence: ?The North Pole is melting.? The photograph that ran with the above-the-fold article was captioned: ?A lecturer on a tourist cruise captured this view of open water at the North Pole, a sight presumably never before seen by humans.?