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Harper’s Magazine reports joke story as real, blames ‘nefarious CBC’

Associated Press Published: January 17, 2013
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Harper’s Magazine facetiously denounced the “lies” of the “nefarious CBC” after the esteemed U.S. monthly accidentally interpreted a joke CBC headline as genuine.



In its upcoming February issue, the magazine reported that “a Canadian student sued her university for failing to accommodate her allergies to cactuses, escalators, tall people, and mauve.”

The story originated from a November 28 segment on This is That, a satirical news program on CBC Radio. Broadcast on November 28 the segment profiles Emily Stuart a student from the fictional University of Nanaimo who suffers from “visual allergies.”

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