Just how dumb is the New York Times?

Apparently this dumb:

The New York Times admitted Monday it was duped into publishing a fake letter claiming to come from Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe that criticized Caroline Kennedy’s senate bid as “appalling” and “not very democratic.”

“What title has Ms. Kennedy to pretend to Hillary Clinton’s seat?” read the letter, printed in Monday’s editions of the leading US metropolitan daily.

“We French can only see a dynastic move of the vanishing Kennedy clan in the very country of the Bill of Rights. It is both surprising and appalling … Can we speak of American decline?” read the letter.

Later Monday, the newspaper published an editor’s note on its website stating “this letter was a fake. It should not have been published.”

Delanoe’s press office in Paris confirmed that the text was a hoax.

Anyone who has taken Journalism 101 knows how to avoid this kind of embarrassment — verify your source BEFORE you go to print. Sheesh.

And one more thing. Remember how stoooooopid Sarah Palin was, because she fell for a prank phone call from “Nicolas Sarkozy”?

Yeah, Schadenfreude is a wonderful feeling.

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