How Windshuttle swallowed a hoax to publish a fake story in Quadrant
Margaret Simons writes:
Keith Windschuttle, the editor of the conservative magazine Quadrant,
has been taken in by a hoax intended to show that he will print
This month's edition of Quadrant contains a hoax article purporting to
be by "Sharon Gould", a Brisbane based New York biotechnologist.
But in the tradition of Ern Malley – the famous literary hoax
perpetrated by Quadrant's first editor, James McAuley – the Sharon
Gould persona is entirely fictitious and the article is studded with
false science, logical leaps, outrageous claims and a mixture of
genuine and bogus footnotes.
In accepting the article, Keith Windschuttle said in an email to "Sharon Gould":
I really like the article. You bring together some very important
considerations about scientific method, the media, politics and
morality that I know our readers would find illuminating.
"Gould's" article, which is blurbed on the front cover of Quadrant and
reproduced online, (subscribers only) argues for the insertion of
human genes in to food crops, insects and livestock.
It contains the bogus claim that the Commonwealth Scientific and
Industrial Research Organisation planned to commercialise food crops
engineered with human genes, but abandoned the projects because of
"perceived moral issues".
The hoaxer, who intends to remain anonymous, has provided details of
how the hoax was constructed, including a blog-style Diary of A Hoax,
liberally studded with ironic quotations from Ern Malley's poetry.
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