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Daily Tar Heel editor: 'We got pranked'

Posted August 26, 2009

— The editor of The Daily Tar Heel said he is investigating after a spoof issue was distributed.

A few thousand copies of newspaper were wrapped Tuesday in a spoof front-page version labeled as the "special anti-racist issue."

"Our paper was wrapped in a sheet mimicking the DTH, with articles about Youth for Western Civilization, Tom Tancredo and racism," Managing Editor Kellen Moore wrote in an e-mail to WRAL. "For the most part, it didn't seem directed specifically at the DTH, although there were a few jabs."

Editor Andrew Dunn said the actions were in violation of the school’s honor code and that appropriate measures will be taken against the person responsible. He wrote a blog about the incident on the paper's Web site under the headline: "We got pranked."


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  • charlesboyer Aug 27, 2009

    I'm still trying to figure out how the deed was "illegal."

    There's little more amusing in life than a self-important college kid. Little do they realize that REAL LIFE is about kick them square in the bee-hind when they get out of school.

    Good luck finding a job in print journalism, Kellen.

  • Pharmboy Aug 26, 2009

    Must be a slow day for WRAL or does everything revolve around UNC? I think both.

  • Pharmboy Aug 26, 2009

    Actually, UNC journalism is highly ranked nationally and the newspaper publication is regarded one of the best publications coming from a college campus. Labeling the whole campus as liberal is quite naive. Take a look at many of the state republican politicians and you will find UNC-CH education listed.

  • brewmonkey Aug 26, 2009

    violation of the honor code? is there some rule in there about 'i will revere everything carolina, make no jokes, and take myself and the school waaaaaay to seriously'?

    although now that i think of it, that last part seems about right...

  • htomc42 Aug 26, 2009

    Its interesting that universities, which are supposed to be bulwarks of freedom, have the most Stalinesque "speech codes" of any institution in our society.

    Any bets on whether charges would be threatened, if the prank issue advocated extreme liberal views? Most people probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference between that and the "real" one.

  • Jack Flash Aug 26, 2009

    lol brittandy.
    I like pranks, but inserting a bunch of racist stuff is poor form. A parody of UNC that even they could laugh at would have been better. I hope it wasn't perpetrated by Duke students.

  • harbinger0fd00m Aug 26, 2009

    "For the most part, it didn't seem directed specifically at the DTH" The paper isn't relaible or trustworthy enough to have something directed at them specifially. A joke wrapped in a joke.

  • SailbadTheSinner Aug 26, 2009

    I wonder how many times the DTH has loaded the NCSU “Technician” distribution boxes with a phony edition.

    And vice versa....

    Methinks we take ourselves a bit too seriously these days ....

    Lighten up, guys


  • Riddickfield Aug 26, 2009

    Sheesh! Its a simple college prank, all meant in fun. Get over it. Of course the great open minded liberal college doesn't see it that way and wants to punish whomever did this. Doesn't seem very open minded or liberal to me. Honor code??? Come on!

    All in all a very funny prank. Quite original and effective. Ruffled a lot of feathers in the old hens nest. coudos to whoever came up with this idea.

  • Aug 26, 2009

    Strange editor would name in his blog who "appears" to be the perpetrator before he knows for sure.

    Richard Jewel