The one about a dumb mayor and possibly a dumber journo

There was a story on news.com.au today about how Moonee Valley Mayor Paul Giuliano sent an email “which targeted Muslims and asked readers who agreed with its anti-Islamic sentiment to pass the email on” to 850 people in his entire address book.

What the News Ltd story failed to mention was that the racist/bigoted chain email is a hoax that originated in the US. There’s also a UK version. The line that mentions something along the lines of “our national motto is In God We Trust” kinda totally gives it away to anyone who’s not a completely insular redneck… I do wonder whether the author of the news story got the whole email and/or bothered to google the email.

I sent this through as a “tip” to boss@crikey.com so I hope that generates more what-a-moron reactions than just posting it up here.