“Every time I have been out in the public with an ‘I-69’ button on my lapel, teenagers point and snicker at it. I have had many ask me if they can have my button. I believe it is time to change the name of the highway. It is the moral thing to do.” Congressman John Hostettler, Indiana
The Hoosier Gazette published this article about the congressman’s intentions to rename the highway earlier this month. Several news sources didn’t get that it was a joke…
“Hostettler: I-69 Name Change a Hoax
An apparent Internet hoax is creating quite a stir at the office of Indiana 8th District Congressman John Hostettler. Angry callers have been responding to an article on the Internet claiming Hostettler had been convinced by religious groups, to propose changing the name of interstate 69 to a “more moral” sounding number. Hostettler spokesperson Michael Jahr says there is absolutely no truth to the story and calls the web site in question satirical in nature.
That web site is The Hoosier Gazette, which has been responsible for a number of news hoaxes over the past few months, including some that were picked up and re-broadcast or printed by national news organizations.”
I read up a little more on the Hoosier Gazette and Josh Wicker has had a few of his fakes picked up by “real” news sources. One story I recognised was about new parents often experiencing an IQ drop. Thanks MSNBC…
You can read more about the Hoosier Gazette at the Museum of Hoaxes.